Ecuador is among the most biodiverse of all nations. In the last year, the Ecuadorian government has quietly granted mining concessions to over 1.7 million hectares (4.25 million acres) of protected forests and indigenous territories. These exploratory concessions were awarded to transnational corporations in closed-door deals without public knowledge or consent.
This is in direct violation of Ecuadorian law and international treaties, and will devastate headwater ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots of global importance.
Your signature helps us and our Ecuadorian partners take a stand to defend these forests, their amazing diversity of peoples and wildlife, and their critical contributions to the biosphere on which we all depend.
We are crowdfunding to support Ecuadorian's demand that the government rescind harmful new mining concessions and prohibit mining in protected areas, fragile and vital ecosystems including protected forest reserves (Bosques Protectores), water sources, and indigenous territories.
Paul Gilding, ex-CEO of Greenpeace International, is matching the first $15,000 of donations dollar for dollar. He's a good guy. And good guys don't let vital ecosystems get devastated.
Your money will also help fund a publicity campaign with the coalition of Ecuadorian civil society groups, demanding an open dialogue on development. This will focus on 'Extractivism vs Sustainability' and will show how development models based on conservation, biodiversity, renewable energy and human potential are better for everyone. Costa Rica banned all open-pit mining in 2010 and today has much better socioeconomic indicators than Ecuador.