Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ecuador is taking on Chevron...

Maybe this isn't news to any of you since this legal case has actually been going on for several years, but it's news to me! Ecuador is currently taking on Chevron, the gigantic oil company, for environmental damages. I'm not an expert on this country or on legal affairs, but I have seen that for it's tiny size, Ecuador is incredibly rich in natural resources - not just oil. The extraction of oil has caused tons of damage to the Amazon rainforest and to the indigenous communities that live here. I won't go into too many details because I don't know if any of you are interested, but if you are, I thought I'd share a couple of interesting articles I read about this case:

"Amazon Pollution: Chevron Hits Back in Row With Ecuador"

"Chevron: Indigenous Ecuadorians Seek Higher Damages"

I know a lot of us have been hearing "save the rainforest" since we were young, but this is actually a real and important issue in the world! The rainforest is an incredibly valuable resource, display of God's creation, and the groups affected are real people with real stories. Just thought I'd share another little piece of South America with you all!

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