“The government tried to sell our lands to the oil companies without our permission. Our rainforest is our life. We decide what happens in our lands. We will never sell our rainforest to the oil companies. Today, the courts recognized that the Waorani people, and all indigenous peoples have rights over our territories that must be respected. The government’s interests in oil is not more valuable than our rights, our forests, our lives.”
The story behind this is that the Ecuadorean government tried to sell Amazon lands to oil companies for drilling. The Waorani, who live on those lands, took them to court over it, and they won.
The ruling "has created a significant precedent for the Amazon," said Lina Maria Espinosa, attorney for the plaintiffs, outside court.
"It has been demonstrated that there was no consultation and that the state violated the rights of this people, and therefore of other peoples."
I've been reading a little more about her and I think she's absolutely brilliant. Here's a little excerpt from a speech she gave (translated into English).
"More than anything, we learned that the company doesn’t see the forest. They don’t see us. They see what they want to see. They see oil wells where we see gardens. They see money where we see life.
I know that the Waorani will win our fight to protect our forests. Because we are not alone. We are fighting together."
Her name, incidentally, means "many stars, face of the Sun". She mentions it in this short film about how the oil companies are ruining the forest, and the fight for clean water for her people.
Short thread by @InvaderXan ☝🏽 talking about recent positive political/environmental news from Ecuador with regard to the Waorani!
For once on my timeline œan Amazon victory is for the greater good!
Hey Dutch Shell get the FUCK out
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