Friday, September 11, 2009



The story of small tribal peoples fighting a 27 billion dollar oil deal and the heart-wrenching legacy of illness and suffering from past oil spills are portrayed in the new many awards winning "must see" Joe Berlinger film, CRUDE. Please watch for it.

At this time when media attention seems captured by oceanic oil spills, I want to alert everyone to saga of bloody battles between big oil and the indigenous peoples of the Western Amazon. This struggle has been going for 70 years and is intensifying. There's an excellent current update and a set of background articles at

To get a sense of what it takes to protect a single place that is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on earth, check this incredible history of fighting to protect Ecuador's Yasuní Man and the Biosphere Reserve.

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