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Stopping oil exploration in Ecuador's Yasuni National Park

Ecuador's most Biodiverse area is about to be exploited, how can we stop it? Oil is definitely not the economical solution to eradicate poverty or make a better country.

"Yasuni National Park is arguably the most biologically diverse spot on Earth. The park is at the center of a small zone where amphibian, bird, mammal, and vascular plant diversity all reach their maximum levels, the park breaks world records for local-scale (less than 100 km2) tree, amphibian, and bat species richness, and is one of the richest spots in the world for birds and mammals at local scales as well.

The park holds a world record 150 amphibian species for places with comparable landscapes. It also is in the top for amphibian diversity compared to other sites sampled in the western Amazon."

How can we stop this from being destroyed?


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    Sep 6 2013: There is no other any than to personally stop using oil, its products and byproducts.

    Use alternative and regenerative energy and materials instead to reduce the demand for oil of those and your portion. And only if enough people follow this path, the Yasuni and other national parks may not be exploited.
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      Sep 6 2013: Lejan can you name projects that are been done and share them so people can See..there is out there a lot of alternatives?
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        Sep 6 2013: I can not name you any other project than mine which is still ongoing, far from completion and very limited in its success rate so far.

        Due to the fact, that our whole economy is based on fossil fuel consumption, there aren't many alternatives to choose from which managed to survive in this highly competitive environment of todays markets.

        For instance, I do not even find a source for potatoes in my area, which didn't use oil during its farming cycle and distribution to our local grocery stores and my garden is not large enough to even grow the quantity I need for myself. And this would just be potatoes...

        So as true alternatives are scarce, the only thing I can do and do is to limit the overall amount of direct and also indirect use of oil, which touches all aspects of my daily life and makes it pretty difficult to keep track of it and to stay sensitive about it.

        My long term goal is to become a self-supporter for the most fundamental necessities of life, which requires such an dramatic change of my given lifestyle and environment, that I broke it down into different stages to get used to it myself and to gather the means for its realization.

        But there are also simple ways to reduce ones personal oil consumption and this is to get used to the habit not to aways buy new objects you need for your your household. Flea-markets or online auction houses are a very good source for most material objects one needs for a comfortable life.

        I also found, that quality wise, older products tend to be of higher standards than many new ones of today, because the concept of 'planned obsolescence' has not been 'invented' in those days ... :o)

        So the first step everyone can do is to become aware of ones own consumption habits and not to get discouraged about its outcome and to start from there in little changes of habits and expectations to transform the 'felt life quality' towards more sustainable sources. And as any little change adds up, it is on all of us to transform.
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      Sep 6 2013: Lejan, You are indeed a very wise man. That is the center of it isn't it? that so many of we the people globally are still voraciously consuming petroleum product even though the price..at the cash register and in the 'ultimate accounting" get higher and higher and already unacceptably high.

      Here in Maine which just up between the candian maritimes and Quebec we are all deeply engaged now in the huge risks to our natural resources and hundreds of communities from rolling pipeline ( crude oil by train). Just across our brober an entire small town, lac Megantic, was literally wiped off the face of the earth.in the middle of the night by an unattended train on a slope.

      Al the environmental groups here were too busy getting easy donations on an anti pipeline campaign while this issue was building to an obvious head. One of the trains carrying this explosive corrosive Bakken crude to JD Irving refineries in St John New Brunswick, right through Maine's most populated town centers, right through Maine's most exquisitely pristine wilderness has had 4 rolling pipeline derailments already.

      The follow the bouncing ball sing along pipeline protestors turn up guzzling bottled wearing polartec and other products made from petroleum.

      It is very frustrating when environmental advocates sell out so foolishly and readily for a an easy button pushing campaign that guarantees their own survival and never really offers any meaning solution to the problems.

      What happens in Ecuador can and does happen right here in Maine.
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        Sep 6 2013: Lindsay, if wisdom means to realize certain malformation within a bigger picture and having no clue how to get them fixed, I then agree on your compliment. In fact, it is way more easy to spot general problems than to provide working solutions and to life up to ones own insights.

        The situation in your area which you describe is exemplary for our human nature, by which most of us start to realize certain consequences only the very moment we become affected by them personally. This our nature is per se not a bad thing, as it prevents us do become chronically depressed, yet it often hinders us to take actions when it is important.

        Yet even though it looks in-consequent at first sight to protest against local 'rolling pipelines' while wearing oil-based fabrics, it is still better than not protesting at all. It may be the first step of the longer journey of realization how much and how deep our lifestyle depends on limited fossil fuels.

        I myself realized just a view years ago how much even our most basic food depends on this limited energy source, which blew my mind by the simple fact, that I have never ever thought about this connection before:

        A Farm For The Future - BBC documentary by Rebecca Hosking:

        And even though this documentary gives alternative perspectives, which are without doubt quite promising, the overall scope of those necessary changes is quite difficult to grasp even just for my own country. And although the overall knowledge is there, I don't see any actions in this vital areas taking place, by the simple fact, that the status quo still is the 'cheapest' solution on short term sight.

        Just recently a discussion started in Germany and other European countries as we found about the amount of food which we trash every day in our private households. Food has become a commodity that cheap, that many people have lost the sense of appreciation about it.

        The first step for change is realization which is on us.

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