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Batukada Yasunidos Cuenca

 

 

Los días 17 y 18 de septiembre del 2016 los YASunidos  de Cuenca recibieron capacitación para la conformación de una Batukada.

¡Desde el arte y la alegría,  la lucha por el Yasuní sigue!

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Visita de reconocimiento a las zonas de explotación petrolera en el Yasuní (Bloque 17)

Durante el pasado mes de agosto de este año, una pequeña delegación del colectivo YASunidos, participó en una investigación de Acción Ecológica, sobre el desempeño de las empresas petroleras chinas en los bloques petroleros del Parque Nacional Yasuní y sus inmediaciones.

Este viaje, permitió a los miembros del colectivo determinar la realidad en la que están viviendo las poblaciones de la zona occidental del Yasuní, especialmente las ubicadas en el Bloque 17. Los resultados de la investigación, se harán públicos próximamente en una publicación de Acción Ecológica, sin embargo, hemos creído adecuado hacer públicas algunas fotografías conseguidas durante la visita a esta zona duramente afectada por la explotación petrolera y su consecuente contaminación.

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Regarding the “new and multi-million dollar” ITT reserves.

 

YASunidos to the country.

Apparently the “most important things in life,” like the politic, the economy, the macro-economy… are only valid in so far as they present facts, numbers, and statistics. The more and larger these figures are, the better is, as we’ve seen for example:

In the ITT block, in an instant, the petroleum reserve went from 920 million barrels of petroleum to 840 million, and then again to 920 million, with a cost in dollars of 7,000 million (while the Yasuní-ITT Initiative was underway) in order to achieve a later value of 18,000 million with the Assembly’s approval of the declaration of national interest.

It has now been announced that an additional 750 million barrels of petroleum have been found (meaning a grand total of 1,670 million barrels in the Yasuní ground). According to the Vice-president Glas, we can count on an additional $19,500 million, which added to the $18,000 million of the prior 920 million barrels gives us a grand total of… “an immense quantity” of thousands millions of dollars from which the impoverished populations of the Amazon, as well as the thousands affected by April’s earthquake, can finally benefit.

Certainly, he did not waste his time in asking (himself): what type of mathematics does 920 million barrels cost $18,000 million while 750 million barrels (a lesser quantity) costs $19,500 million… we can try to explain it through one of those formulas that appear to be taken from classes imparted conducted o given by Mr. President:

if:

   

(A)

 

(a)

920 million bp

=

18,000 million USD

and:

   

(B)

 

(b)

750 million bp

=

19,500 million USD

 

then:

 

   

A= a  ;  B = b   therefore  A > B  ;  a < b   so we can expect  ¿ a < b ?  or ¿???

If you don’t understand, don’t worry. That’s precisely the idea. What’s important is to have lots of stats, facts, numbers and more numbers, the harder to understand the better. In the end, this is not a topic for the common people (for you or for us); it’s a topic for economists, specialists, technocrats, for the people that have the “capacity” to guide a country as complicated as ours.

And since statistics are not our thing, we feel obligated to modestly leave our doubts and reflections:

The petroleum industry, like mining and other multi-million dollar industries, functions o runs and do profits in the world of speculation. Therefore, it increases and decreases reserves here and there, in agreement with the political and economic conjuncture of each country or region, with the goal of justifying negotiations, contracts, licenses, concessions, etc. etc., and arriving at contractual advantages that assure and guarantee the uninterrupted accumulation of immense quantities of money.

In the same moment that Ecuador gets through a grave economic crisis and tries desperately to attract external investment, the “miracle” increase in newly “discovered” reserves in the ITT block is little less than suspicious.

Therefore, we ask ourselves:

  • What was the objective in ordering a study like that prepared by Ryder Scott to certify the increase of 750 million barrels at the block 43 reserves (ITT)?
  • Could it be seeking to institutionalize a politics of anticipated petroleum sale and to sell more petroleum than we really have?
  • Would a study about seismic risks and the pertinence of constructing a new refinery in a zone recently damaged by an earthquake (like that last April) not have been more useful and necessary?
  • How will the observations of the UN Human Rights Commission be implemented, especially those regarding the vulnerability of the Tagaeri and Taromenane peoples in voluntary isolation, including among others: “… in particular guaranteeing that extractive or other activities located in a situation of high vulnerability are not carried out”?

With this perspective, given the new circumstances of Yasuní-ITT and the evidently resurfacing “fever” of consultations, we reaffirm our demand and insist that the will of the people is respected.

Ecuador has the right to a popular consultation to decide on the Yasuní petroleum situation; now is the time.

YASunidos.

 

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

May 16, 2016 - For immediate release

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

 

Batukada Yasunidos Ambato

Los días 16 y 17 de abril del 2016 los  YASunidos  de la ciudad de Ambato

recibieron capacitación para la conformación de una Batukada.

¡Desde el arte y la alegría,  la lucha por el Yasuní sigue!

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