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[northeasternpermaculture] Urgent, Please help save 10 million acres of rainforest from auction - oil extraction in Ecuador

From: Joan Ewing and Wilton D.
Sent on: Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:16 AM

--- On Sat, 10/20/12, Ryan Harb <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Ryan Harb <[address removed]>
Subject: [northeasternpermaculture] Urgent, Please help save 10 million acres of rainforest from auction - oil extraction in Ecuador
To: "NE PC Listserv" <[address removed]>
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12:39 AM

Hi Friends,
I have an urgent message to share, and don't normally e-mail in this way, but it is extremely important that you all know this. Our brothers and sisters in the Ecuadorian rainforest are under significant pressure right from the oil companies, who are planning to auction off 10 million acres of pristine rainforest for oil extraction. This is the same place that I visited in Ecuador just two months ago, so it really hits home for me.
The 10 million acres is the largest contiguous rainforest left on Earth - and one of the most biodiverse and culturally diverse places on the planet. If this happens, the majority of people will be left with a much lower quality of life - health problems, polluted water, poverty - with only a few getting rich off the suffering of others. Please join us in signing this letter and sharing this message widely. This is a very important battle that could set a precedent for keeping oil below ground and respecting indigenous rights across the world. It means literal life or death for them. Thank you everyone - the people of the Amazon appreciate your help enormously.
Please sign the letter and watch a short video here:
Please forward this message to others to raise awareness about this, time is of the essence.
Appreciating your support enormously,


Ryan Harb, MS, LEED AP

Permaculture Academic Program Coordinator

Stockbridge School of Agriculture &

Auxiliary Enterprises Partnership


University of Massachusetts Amherst



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