18 Apr '17, 7pm

#SolarPower Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy #ThisEarthDayDefendTheAmazon #EndAmazonCrude

"The government can't call us hypocrites for opposing oil extraction yet using dirty diesel generators. We've made the first big step towards being fossil fuel-free – the government should learn from us." Juan Carlos Ruiz, Sápara community leader After loading in steel poles, solar panels, radio gear, food, and water, the Aero Sarayaku planes groaned under the weight. The weather wasn't helping either. It had rained nonstop all night, and now into the morning, and the small Cessnas can't fly in the rain or in bad weather. Our anxiety grew as the rain fell, knowing we were working against the clock and the rainy season to install solar power and radio systems in several indigenous communities deep in Ecuador's Amazon that find themselves on the front lines of government plans open up their territory to oil extraction. We were anxious to get this second of three solar projec...

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