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The YASunidos Collective to those affected by CHEVRON-TEXACO

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The YASunidos Collecive defends life in all its manifestations and forms. Since our founding as a group and even before, we have supported the struggle of those who denounced the violence executed by the TEXACO company, of indigenous peoples and settler-colonists who for more than 20 years have sustained the most emblematic lawsuit in the history of Ecuador (and in large part, of the planet) denouncing the environmental and social devastation that this company has generated in order to extract crude oil from the northern zone of the Ecuadorian Amazon since the 1990s.

To the Ecuadorian government headed by president Rafael Correa, we declare our outrage over the transfer of 112 million dollars from Ecuadorian citizens to this company. The transfer of the government was authorized despite the fact that the company has not initiated their transfer of funds for the process of reparations it is obligated to complete for being responsible for one of the worst environmental catastrophes in the memory of this country and the world.

We remind President Rafael Correa that the practice of legitimating the expansion of the petroleum frontier in the Amazon has been systematically presented as an economic necessity, which continues to designate more and more territories as zones to be sacrificed to big companies such as CHEVRON-TEXACO. Now we ask ourselves, what is the point of handing over this sum of millions to the company? Why were these resources not channeled towards affected communities for the process of reparations? Why call off this struggle, which has lasted more than two decades, led by people who have given humanity a lesson, and initiate processes to reverse or at least question the legitimacy of this payment for reparations?

Paying TEXACO implies, from our perspective, going against the justice and dignity of those affected, and with that, a reinforcingcolonial and racist politics based in injustice, where a company is rewarded for its irresponsible practices.It implies compromising a historic struggle of humanity in defense of life.

From an economic standpoint, transferring such a large quantity of resources to TEXACO in conjuncture with an economic crisis, which is precisely the government’s favorite pretext to continue with the growing Extractivism in the country, is not only incoherent, but also inhumane. There are thousands who have been negatively affected by  extractivist policies – some are still sick with cancer.

The communities and people that carried forward the lawsuit against TEXACO are an example for Ecuador and for indigenouspeoples of the world. They have been one of our inspirations in the struggle to defend the environment and environmental rights. They have demonstrated that it is possible for those oppressed by the capitalist system to make their voices heard and require that corporations produce explanations for their actions before the court. It is  the government’s co-responsibility to make those courts a worthy instrument of justice, to leave behind their “submissiveness to capital,” and to prioritize human beings and mother earth.

To all plaintiffs and those affected by TEXACO, we declare our respect and admiration. The struggle will be long, and victory will be possible only if we continue united,  fight together, lend our hands so that justice prevails over corporate interests and the fears of the government.

Partners in struggle, continue being an example for those who resist the vanity of the powerful. Continue being an example for us.

With care, 

YASunidos

Ecuador Yasunidos join global wave of actions to Break Free from fossil fuels

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For twelve days in May local, national and global groups from all over the planet held actions in six continents and 13 countries under the banner to "break free from fossil fuels". It was an unprecedented wave of peaceful direct action, in many cases including children and elders, warning governments and corporations that the era of dirty fossils has come to an end. We will not stand by while they sell our future.

For this reason, the country behind the Yasuni ITT initiative, worldly renowned for the project to leave the oil in the soil, could not be left out. To honor the Amazon, YASunidos and representatives from other groups and organizations that defend life, symbolically took over the deforested land set for the construction of the so-called "Refinería del Pacífico" to stop the oil expansion that is bleeding the Yasuni National Park.

"We wanted to plant a few trees to represent the need to break free from oil, and also to show the land should be in the hands of the community. The original owners need to have a saying on how these lands can be recovered", said Pato Chavez, member of Yasunidos.

Our proposal is to build an archaeological, agro-ecological and eco-tourism complex that includes the local sanctuaries, helping the cities and communities of Alfaro an Cerro de Montecristi.

Over the last years the "nightmare" of climate change has become a reality. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), scientific body of the UN climate analysis, has warned that we need to leave at least 80 percent of fossil fuels in the ground if we want to prevent climate change's environmental catastrophe.

Faced with this warning and after the the poor agreement reached in Paris at the last UN Conference COP 21, it is clear that "they", meaning the governments, are not and will likely not take responsibility to avoid the climate debacle. Instead, we, people from Ecuador and across the globe, are bravely assuming the responsibility and rising together to stop this addiction to oil, coal and fracking.

For more information about Break Free 2016 click here: https://breakfree2016.org/
For photos of the Break Free action in Ecuador see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/breakfree2016/sets/72157668199030311

 

Statement on the Initiation of Oil Exploitation in the Yasuní-ITT

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1st of April of 2016

In the whole world, a big movement of resistance (www.breakfree2016.org) is rising. It seeks to confront in a real way the imminent danger that represents climate change. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) itself, in one of its latest reports, had recommended the governments of the world to keep at least 80% of the worldwide known reserves of fossil fuels in the ground to try to stabilize the global increase of temperatures and avoid to put in peril the existence of, among others, our own species. Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian government and President Rafael Correa keep on arguing that “the world has failed us“.

On Monday, 28th of March, Ecuador received regrettable news, it seemed like stupidity; arrogance; and absurdity have prevailed overcommon sense; over our responsibility for the future and over our very instinct of survival. The Ministry of Strategic Sectors has “proudly” announced that the drilling of the first production well in the ITT block has been initiated.

Although we all know there is no valid reason to exploit the Yasuní, the President´s argument was that the money obtained by selling this oil would be used to lift Ecuador out of poverty.

In times of economic crisis, political weakness and of decreasing credibility of the government, several doubts emerge on the subject:

Why the urgency to exploit the Yasuní-ITT in a tough oil market?

Why is there no transparency concerning the sale agreements with China and therefore, on the debt that Ecuador will be left with?

What will be the cost of extraction per barrel?

How will the government manage to lift the country out of poverty with such low oil prices?

What kind of advanced technology will they use to exploit the ITT and how will they guarantee the protection of the most biodiverse place on Earth when Petroamazonas did not even manage a responsible exploitation inPacayaku(http://bit.ly/1PIg0Nh)?

And maybe the most important:

How will they avoid an imminent genocide of the Tagaeri and Taromenane peoples if they haven´t even succeeded to prevent violent encounters in the area of Campo Armadillo?

Mr. President, Ecuador is expecting answers and we, the youth of this country, are tired of so many lies.

Stop the exploitation of the Yasuní now, while there’s still time, or you will not only be judged by History…

YASunidos

#NoMatenElYasuní

 

ESPERANZA MARTÍNEZ’ OPEN LETTER TO RAFAEL CORREA

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September 20, 2016

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In 2005, when I worked with my organization to create a proposal that would leave the oil of the Yasuní in the ground and in exchange demand an international contribution to help prevent climate change, I did not know you Mister President. Honestly, very few people knew you before that date.

The proposal was received in 2007 by Alberto Acosta, who was very well known for his academic work. As the Minister of Energy at the time, he made the proposal seem palpable and was able to include it in the Administrative Council of Petroecuador’s debate.

The confusing idea of a Plan A that was really B because Plan B was the one that would receive all the economic and institutional support, was without a doubt his.

No one ever doubts that it was your idea to ask for contributions and at the same time insult the contributors, to talk about Peoples in Isolation and nature and at the same time disavow them, to sign that the Yasuní should not be exploited and later give an environmental license to exploit Block 31 (the heart of the Yasuní), or to open an escrow and at the same time have oil companies make bids on the Yasuní ITT.

Take responsibility for your actions, Mister President. Those were the reason why the initiative failed.

You have not had the pleasure (or the displeasure) of meeting me. My name and the name of Acción Ecológica bother you because you know that we represent a sector of people who do not switch positions; who from their work spaces construct ideas and bridges; who are not interested in power. But besides this, we also serve as a pretext for you to maintain your act as the “tough man,” always insulting someone and ruthless with women.

We made all possible efforts to connect ourselves, and all Ecuadorians, to the beauty of the Yasuní, the most important reserve in this country. We collected 756 thousand signatures that were later taken from us. We resisted daily insults and aggressions. We convinced parliamentarians of many countries. We gave signals that gave hope to the entire world. The Yasuní became a utopia.

The bill for burying, or more clearly said for smearing, the utopia is without a doubt high, especially when words lose their credibility and male chauvinist stiles become tiresome.

Esperanza Martínez

(I write as a citizen, not as the president of Acción Ecológica)

Ecuador - Yasunidos beteiligten sich an der globalen Aktionswelle “Break Free” zum Ausstieg aus den fossilen Brennstoffen

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17. Mai 2016

Pressemitteilung

Seit einigen Jahren ist das „Phantom“ Klimawandel kein solches mehr. Selbst das wissenschaftliche Gremium der UN zur Untersuchung der Veränderung des Klimas, IPCC, (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) hat bestätigt, dass es unmöglich ist, dem katastrophalen Klimawandel zu entgehen, wenn nicht mindestens 80% der bekannten Reserven fossiler Brennstoffe weltweit unangetastet bleiben.
Trotz dieser Warnung scheiterte die letzte UN-Klimakonferenz in Paris (COP21) und brachte nur ein schwaches Klimaabkommen hervor. Damit ist klar: „sie“ - die Regierungen – sind es nicht, die die Verantwortung übernehmen, um das voranschreitende Klimadebakel noch aufzuhalten und sie werden es auch nie sein. Es liegt also an uns, den verschiedenen Völkern dieser Erde. Wir sind gefragt, mit Entschlossenheit und Mut diese Verantwortung selbst zu tragen und für das Ende der Abhängigkeit von Erdöl, Kohle und Gas zu kämpfen.
Genau das ist im Zeitraum vom 4. – 15. Mai auf der ganzen Welt geschehen: die  internationale Zivilgesellschaft, repräsentiert vor allem durch die jungen Menschen, hat diesen Kampf in die eigene Hand genommen, um der Welt zu verkünden, dass es höchste Zeit ist, sich von den fossilen Brennstoffen zu befreien. Denn wir werden nicht zulassen, dass Regierungen mit dem Verkauf unserer Zukunft fortfahren und sich Unternehmen an diesem Geschäft bereichern.
Dabei durfte Ecuador, das Land, in dem die Idee des Im-Boden-Lassens und die internationale Yasuní-ITT-Initiative geboren wurde, nicht außen vor bleiben. YASunidos und VertreterInnen anderer Kollektive und Organisationen, die das Leben verteidigen, besetzten mit einer symbolischen Aktion das für den Bau der so genannten Pazifik-Erdölraffinerie („Refinería del Pacífico“, Anm. der Übers.: in Manta, Provinz Manabi) abgeholzte Gelände. Dort wurden Bäume gepflanzt, die für die Forderung stehen, das Terrain seinen rechtmäßigen Besitzer*innen zurückzugeben, damit diese entscheiden können, wie das Land renaturiert werden soll.
Unser Vorschlag für das Gelände ist die Schaffung einer archäologischen, agrarökologischen und ökotouristischen Anlage namens „Eloy Alfaro“. Diese könnte das Seen- und Küstenschutzgebiet „Pacoche“ mit einschließen, welches auf die Stadt Alfaro und den Hügel Montecristi erweitert wird. Dies käme sowohl der Provinz Manabí als auch dem gesamten Land zugute.


Für mehr Informationen zu Break Free:
Website: https://es.breakfree2016.org
Fotos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/breakfree2016/sets/72157668199030311

 

DEMONSTRATION IN MUNICH AGAINST CHINESE BANKS

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24 April 2016 -- Munich’s Philharmonic Hall was the scene of an unusual protest yesterday against Chinese banks’ support for companies involved in the controversial Mirador mining project in Ecuador.

 

Demonstrators from the Yasunidos group, together with representatives of Acción Ecológica and the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, silently occupied the lobby of the main hall of Gasteig München in southern Germany during an intermission of a concert featuring the prominent Chinese pianist Lang Lang, displaying posters and leafletting concertgoers.

 

The protesters, with the support of German environmental organizations, were calling on Lang Lang to demand that the banks stop funding the Chinese companies that own Ecuacorriente SA, blamed for environmental and social destruction in the Cordillera del Cóndor in southern Ecuador.

 

After attracting considerable interest from the concertgoers, the demonstrators were ejected from the concert hall by security personnel.

 

Lang Lang himself is sponsored by the two banks in question, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the China Merchants Bank. He is the the Global Brand Ambassador for the later.

 

Protesters had delivered a letter to Lang Lang personally the previous day, 22 April, at a promotional event held in a Munich shopping mall. They had also delivered letters to the banks’ Munich offices and the local Chinese consulate.

 

The demonstrators, who are working in support of the efforts of the indigenous Shuar people to defend their territory, said they would continue the Chinese banks and Lang Lang campaign on social networks and during future concerts.

 

Contacts:

 

In Germany: Josephine KOCH, Yasunidos (+49) 1512 2777868 (De)

 

For more information on the Mirador mining project and the campaign on Chinese banks: http://www.accionecologica.org/mineria/160-boletines/1930-2016-04-21-17-07-25

 

Stop coal – protect the climate!

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We are the investment risk!

Ende Gelände (Here and no Further) for lignite coal in Lusatia: climate justice in action!

In 2016, the farewell to coal continues: Vattenfall, owner of the coal field in Lusatia is trying to sell its German lignite coal branch. This is a unique chance to finally close down opencast pits and coal power stations and to show that it is possible to phase-out coal in a socially and ecologically responsible manner.

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Yet, Vattenfall is only looking to sell: A new investor is supposed to carry on the centralistic, destructive energy system for decades to come. This deal would be the biggest investment in coal in the whole of Europe – meaning more resettlements, new power stations, pollution of drinking water and climate disaster.

Lusatia is an example of how climate politics are run at the moment: Everyone pretends to want the end of fossil fuels, yet no-one actually works on keeping them in the ground. Climate summits declare the transition to renewables and still the same governments effectively donate hundreds of billions of subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. The German government talks about climate protection – and spills gold on old power stations of RWE and Vattenfall. And Great Britain makes a big declaration on the farewell to coal – just to invest in fracking and nuclear energy. „Green growth“ is supposed to somehow make the difference.

We say: That’s enough! Do not sell, but rather put an end to coal – „Ende Gelände“! If Vattenfall wants to close its business in Lusatia just to leave the dirty job to someone else, we will put our foot in the door. And we will step on the toes of the leaders in current climate politics. For we can neither wait for nor trust in politics.

We will be standing where the diggers have to stop. We demand: End coal now! And we know: That’s manual labour. Hundreds of us will shut down the coal mining in Lusatia in a mass action of civil disobedience. Anyone, whether experienced in activism or not, can take part in the action – together we will stop the diggers.

We have come to stay. Last year 1500 people entered the pit of a lignite coal mine in Rhineland. This year we are coming to Lusatia, where people have struggled against mining and resettlement for years. And we will send out yet another signal against the lignite coal madness! Even if our actions are not legal – they are by all means legitimate. As time is running out: If fossil fuels do not stay in the ground now, the catastrophic consequences for millions of people can hardly be avoided.

We are everywhere. The fight against lignite coal mining in German and Polish Lusatia is part of a global struggle. Around the world people are fighting against fossil fuelled capitalism. They are stopping coal power stations in India, pipelines in the US, coal ports in Australia, fracking in Brazil and oil drillings in Nigeria. While the global North is heating up the climate crisis, its countries can also still best adapt to it. In the global South, in contrast, climate change is destroying the livelihoods of millions of people. Many of them die on the borders of Europe. They fall victim to a racist border regime, aimed at keeping the consequences of climate change out. Fighting against the root causes of migration also starts in Lusatia. Climate justice now!

We want it all: the end of fossil fuelled capitalism! We are not just fighting against coal, against fracking and oil, but we fundamentally challenge the logic of profit and madness of growth. Based on these, wrong solutions such as market mechanisms, large-scale projects and the continued exploitation of the global South are being promoted. While a few energy corporations are thriving and pampered with subsidies, the same companies disconnect 350.000 households from power supply every year in Germany alone – pretending to their own employees that coal mining will continue forever. And yet, the staff is crucial for a just transition. We need a plan, as a society, how to organise and finance a social and ecological transformation – beyond the logic of capitalistic profit. We all carry the consequences of energy politics and so we all want to take part in decision making: We ask for a democratically organised energy supply!

We are the investment risk! Whoever buys the lignite in Lusatia will get our resistance as part of the package. The more we are and the bigger the protest, the less attractive the lignite, the cheaper the price and the less likely the deal. Nothing has been decided yet. Together we can stop the deal and make Vattenfall shut down the pit: The time for coal is over. So let’s enter the pit and increase the risk.

In May 2016 we say: Let’s get going! “Ende Gelände” in Lusatia!

 

Signatories

 

  • 350.org
  • Aktionsbündnis Graz
  • Animal Climate Action
  • AntiAtom Bonn
  • AntiAtom Berlin
  • Anti-Atom-Bündnis-Niederrhein
  • Anti-Atom-Büro Hamburg (AAB-HH)
  • Attac Deutschland
  • Attac Berlin
  • Attac Degrowth AG
  • ausgeco2hlt
  • BI “Saubere Umwelt und Energie Altmark”
  • Climate Strike
  • Ecoar Global
  • Förderverein Wachstumswende
  • gegenstromberlin
  • gegentrom hamburg
  • Grüne Jugend
  • Infoladen Paderborn
  • Informationsgruppe Lateinamerika (IGLA), Wien
  • Initiative Brokdorf-akut
  • Initiative Europäische Energiewende
  • Initiative Ökosozialismus
  • internationale sozialistische linke (isl)
  • Interventionistische Linke (iL)
  • Jugendnetzwerk für politische Aktionen (JunepA)
  • Kampagne gegen Tierfabriken
  • KlimaAktion Mainz
  • Klimabande Tübingen
  • Klimagerechtigkeit Leipzig
  • Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO)
  • Leipziger Ortsgruppe der Tierbefreier
  • Linksjugend [‘solid] Bundesverband
  • Linksjugend [‘solid] Brandenburg
  • Beauftragtenrat der linksjugend [‘solid] sachsen
  • Mastanlagen Widerstand
  • Netzwerk Wachstumswende – AG Degrowth und Kohleausstieg
  • No Lager Osnabrück
  • Revolutionär Sozialistischer Bund – IV. Internationale (RSB)
  • Tierbefreiung Hamburg
  • Tierbefreiungsoffensive Saar e. V. (TiBOS)
  • transact!
  • UniSolar Potsdam e.V.
  • Uwe Hiksch, NaturFreunde Deutschland
  • YASunidos