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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 12 2013: It is the captains of industry and commerce that dominate the decision making of practically every nation on the planet and if those interested parties decide there is money to be made exploiting a resource then all other considerations will have to take a backseat to this agenda. Too bad if a bio system is harmed or even lost when the profit takers show up. And the rest of us who think the environment is more important than ever greater profits are deemed to be trouble makers by those profit takers.

    Here in Canada we have a Prime Minister that was put into office by the Oil and Gas industry solely for the purpose of promoting the environmentally destructive Oil Sands project in Northern Alberta and all the other issues such as homelessness, an aging population, crumbling infrastructures and a host of other people and community related issues must all take a backseat to this Oil Sands agenda.

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