11 Jan '18, 9pm

Ecuador Announces End to New Oil and Mining Concessions in Big Victory for Indigenous Rights

We're celebrating another major victory for indigenous rights and the environment this week! After nearly 10,000 indigenous people marched for two weeks and over 200 miles from the Amazon rainforest to Ecuador's capital, Quito, they secured a meeting last Monday with President Lenin Moreno. As marchers rallied outside the Presidential Palace, indigenous leaders met with the president and demanded that the Ecuadorian government respect their rights, their territories, and their cultures. And they won! After the meeting, Moreno administration officials announced an end to all new oil and mining concessions without prior consultation of the local communities. This is a major victory for Ecuador's indigenous movement and for the global effort to keep fossil fuels in the ground! It also sends a compelling signal to international commodities markets that new resource extraction ...

Full article: http://amazonwatch.org/news/2017/1219-ecuador-announces-e...

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