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Save Yasuní - sign the petition

Regular readers of New Internationalist will know that the fate of the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, hangs in the balance. Home to indigenous groups and an incredible array of plant and animal life, the Park sits atop oil reserves which unscrupulous transnational corporations are desperate to get their hands on. In 2007 the Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa said he was willing to keep the oil in the ground – if the international community compensated his country for the loss of prospective oil revenue.

The original 2008 deadline for the proposal has been extended several times, and countries including Spain and Germany have promised financial support. But with a new deadline set for 2012, and with elections in Ecuador scheduled for 2013, time is running out.

A new e-petition has been set up to urge the UK government to support the initiative both financially and by lobbying other European Union states.

Sign the petition here:

The March 2012 issue of New Internationalist will feature a photo reportage from Julio Etchart, who recently visited the Yasuní region.

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  1. #1 Joselyn 24 Jan 12

    Save the yasuni!

  2. #2 Calvin Beauchesne 24 Jan 12


  3. #3 sara hancock 25 Jan 12

    great initiative

  4. #4 steve henry 25 Jan 12

    Stop the destruction of our beautiful planet for a chance to increase share prices, which perpetuates the destruction!

  5. #5 Angus Stewart 25 Jan 12

    Choose life

  6. #6 rebecca 25 Jan 12


  7. #7 Karen Varney 25 Jan 12

    Please support Ecuador's leaving the oil in the ground. After all the horror of Chevron's abuse there; it is the only sane and environmentally sound thing to do. Thank you!

  8. #8 Damian Du Charme 25 Jan 12

    Always willing to support those who fight the tyrannical control over contries & its people. The resources of every country should be used to better the worlds future & all in it.

  9. #9 Judith Vattelana 25 Jan 12

    My e-signature: Judith Vattelana

  10. #10 Karen Nordyke 25 Jan 12

    God Bless the peoeple of Equador. Leave the filthy oil in the ground and let these beautiful people have their homeland.

  11. #11 Alastair Malcolm 06 Mar 12

    Stop this ECOCIDE.

  12. #12 Samuel McIntyre 15 Aug 14

    Please, God save this amazing natural wonder - Viva Yasuni!!

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Having joined New Internationalist in 1998 as distribution manager, Jo moved into the editorial team in 2008, where she tries to keep her colleagues in order. Failing that, she edits, proofs and commissions pieces for the magazine and website and waters the plants when she remembers.

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