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Jorge Contreras

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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 8 2013: As Lejan has insightfully pointed out, if we like to preserve biodiversity, then we have to stop buying oil-based products.

    The only way to stop a juggernaut of such immense size as the oil-based economy, is to cut off its sustenance. If we all stop feeding it, it will grind to a halt.

    The reality is, most people either enjoy the lifestyle that oil brings, or regard oil-based products as a necessity. It's a dysfunctional symbiosis - if we keep feeding the oil juggernaut with one hand and and consuming what it produces with the other, it will respond by exploring for new sources in places regarded as sacrosanct, like the Arctic regions and Yasuni National Park. The more desperate it gets to feed our consumer hunger, the more it will destroy biodiversity.

    So the answer to the problem lies with us and our consumer habits, I'm afraid.

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