The Amazon rainforest is the lungs of our planet and because of that we need to maintain it properly, which unfortunately is not true. Fortunately, there still live indigenous tribes that do all their best to protect their natural surroundings. They succeeded in protecting their part of the rainforest by winning a huge lawsuit against Big Oil.
The plan of the Ecuadorian government was to drill for oil throughout south central Ecuadorian Amazon, but their plan did not come through thanks to the fight of the Waorani people of Pastaza. This tribe managed to protect seven million acres of rainforest and stop the contemplated auctioning of 16 oil blocks. This was a historic rule that brought victory to this tribe and to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest. The court detected the manipulative tactics of the Ecuadorian Government and opposed it.
Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, Mitch Anderson, stated that this is a real step forward in acknowledging the indigenous rights of the people across the area.
This tribe bravely protected their rights of the land, and served great good for the planet. Their action was against all the destructive projects going on that have caused so many climate changes.
The Pastaza Provincial Court based on panel of three judges that brought the ruling against drilling. Yet, the fight is still not over as the government will for sure appeal.
Nonetheless, the spokespersons for the Waorani of Pastaza, Oswando Nenquimo, is pleased with the current ruling as this protected their forest for the time being from oil drilling and saved their water from contamination. They will continue the fight as all they want is for their children to be safe from sickness. The Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo was interviewed by The New Yorker, stating that justice is being served by the court that recognized that the government had violated their right to live free. He maintains that they are the ones who should make the decisions about the well-being of their living area and have the right to protect their surroundings.
The Waorani set an example how we should fight for our planet as that is our only home. This tribe fought their battle, and we should fight ours. We also have the right to live a better life without the destructive power of major industries. Our planet should not be poked all the time, but it needs to stay healthy and not contaminated with all sorts of toxic chemicals.