Magazine article New Internationalist

Viva Yasuní!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Viva Yasuní!

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It was Sam Martingell, one of our street campaigners, who sowed the seed for this issue. He knew two young people who were desperate to communicate the wonders of Ecuador's Yasuni rainforest, with a view to saving it and the cultures of its peoples from imminent destruction at the hands of oil companies.

Sam put the two - Ginés Haro Pastor and Georgina Donati in touch with NI's publications team. The result is a stunning photo book Yasuni Green Gold which will be published in September.

But we wanted to do more to draw attention to a potentially revolutionary proposal for tackling climate change: compensating oil-producing countries for loss of revenue as a result of their deliberately not exploiting fossil fuel reserves.

Hence this months issue of NI, which we hope will help to explain the idea, stimulate interest, and save this ecologically crucial corner of the Western Amazon. The next few months are vital as the price of oil bites and the pressure on the Ecuadorian Government exerted by petroleum companies intensifies. But this could be the beginning of something quite momentous - a turning point not only for oil producing countries like Ecuador, but for all of us who would like to go on inhabiting this planet. …

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