20 Nov 2008

Radio Interview:The 300-350 Show: Ecuador.

We speak to Georgina Donati of the Yasuni Green Gold campaign and hear Naomi Klein ponder the wider significance of this proposal.

The 300-350 Show is named after what is now believed to the safe level in parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This finding is based on the work of James Hansen and his team in a paper titled "Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim." http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1126

Author: www.climateradio.co.uk

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asks the British Government what they will do about the Yasuní

Recorded on the UK government website is:

Ecuador: Yasuni Rainforest Reserve
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

What support they intend to offer the Government of Ecuador in preserving the Yasuni rainforest reserve. [HL5494]

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Joan Ruddock met the Yasuni Green Gold Campaign last week. We are supportive of approaches to develop incentives to reduce emissions from both wholesale deforestation and more gradual damage. The UK has contributed £15 million to the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility which will assist developing countries in working out how they can participate in and benefit from evolving incentive mechanisms for avoided deforestation.

Yasuni Green Gold as part of the resist network

The actions and resistance of those in the Yasuni region have been recognised by the *Resist* movement, a movement connected with a new film by Gael García Bernal.

*Resist* is a quest for people whose actions are shifting our perspectives on the world, a search for people who are inspiring new ways of thinking, acting and being, who are instigating change from below.

Economic Apartheid is the dominant system. Instability is the new norm. Walls are built from within suburbia and across borders, to protect those who can afford to protect themselves, and to keep the displaced and the poor away. The 21st century is not looking healthy.

*Resist* explores the moment when people declare “there is a limit”. And after resistance, what comes next?

*Resist* is a way of looking at the world, a story which transforms the way you see yourself, your path in life and your own strength. It is a search for profound authentic freedom.

Tribal transitions: Yasuni to Tibet

SOAS's openair.fm have come together with Marketplace to bring us a whole day of fun, with money going towards the Yasuni Gren Gold Campaign

11 -13 Marketplace
W1 8AH


- Yasuni Green Gold ( www.yasunigreengold.org ) -
- Movimiento Ecuador UK (www.movimientoecuador.co.uk) -
:: Musicos Equatorianos en vivo con presentacion de instrumentos tradicionales :: 17.00 - 19.30
:: Yasuni Green Gold Campaign presentation:: 19.30 - 20.00
:: SOAS Tibet Society - :: Screening :: Himalaya :: 15.00 - 17.00 w/discussion
:: Face Painting :: All Day
:: T-shirt & Book Sale :: All Day
:: Photo Contest Exhibition:: All Day Winner Announced @ 20.00
- Openair.fm (www.openair.fm ) -
:: Cydetrack :: spinning global freshness - 20.00 - 21.00
:: Ed C :: Disco Funk Maestro - 21.00 - 22.00
:: Steve Rogers :: Legendary Dub Stepper - 22.00 - 23.00

Yasuni Green Gold wrkshop @ Shared Planet

This Sunday the 23rd Yasuní Green Gold will be holding a workshop at the People and Planet Shared Planet conference at the University of Birmingham. If you want to know more about the Yasuni Green Gold campaign come to the workshop, ask questions and get involved from 14.00-15.30

Click here to find out more information...

19 Nov 2008

Meeting with Moi

Last week Moi, a Waorani leader who has been fighting against the exploitation of Waorani land for decades, was in London promoting the Waorani Eco-Lodge as an alternative form of sustainable income for the region. Georgie went to meet him to see to talk about the Yasuni Green Gold campaign and get him on board. Moi already seemed to know a fair bit about the campaign from having talked to Marlon Santi from the CONAIE. He was enthusiastic about promoting the cause more throughout Europe and we planned to keep in touch and work closer together in the future.

18 Nov 2008

People and Planet get on board to help with the campaign

People & Planet, the largest student network in Britain which campaigns to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment has joined forces with the Yasuní Green Gold Campaign to help fight to save the Yasuní and protect its peoples.

The People & Planet network consists of groups at 63 UK universities and colleges and 74 People & Planet groups in sixth forms and further education colleges, plus many other individual supporters which are all supported by an office staff team.

The Yasuní Green Gold campaign is looking for an extra brain!

Interested in doing a fundraising and marketing internship with the campaign?

Job Description
We need someone to:

> Research into funding opportunities:grant making trusts, statutory and other funders.
> Compile and draft information for applications.
> Keep records of potential funders and application made.
> Help to promote Yasuni Green Gold products (on and off line)
> Liaise with suppliers, trade partners and Yasuni Green Gold european offices/partners to ensure that the Yasuni shop runs as efficiently as possible and is widely known
> Manage customers and supporter enquiries effectively
> Liaise with active supporters and co-oordinators to manage sales and other fundraising activities.
> Help develop new products.

Just as a reminder Yasuni Green Gold is:

a grassroots campaign which works in partnership with local and
indigenous leaders of the Ecuadorian Amazon to fight for their human
and environmental rights.The Yasuní support network of people and
organisations is growing day by day: We work closely with The local
government of Orellana (Ecuador) and New Internationalist in UK. We
have presence in 3 countries: Spain, Belgium and UK, but we are
developing partnership with organisations all over the world.
We think that Yasuní National Park is unique, we believe that human
life has no price and that a solution for the Yasuní could become a
model for other developing countries across the world, a way for
countries to be able to preserve their cultural and environmental
treasures without having to sacrifice economic development. And
importantly it could lead to way in the fight against climate change.
For more information please see www.yasunigreengold.org

Personal Specification
We need you to:

> Have excellent communication skills, both oral and written
> Be well organised, with an ability to plan and prioritise
> Enjoy being part of the team, but also able to work alone
> Able to cope with pressure and be happy to work out of hours in very busy periods
> Have a genuine interest in Yasuni Green Gold work and support for our aims.
> Previous experience desirable but not essential.

Terms and Conditions

> Hours of work: Flexible
> Location: London, Hammersmith
> Internship (Unpaid)

If you reckon you can both fulfill and enjoy fulfilling this role to a
high standard and wish to apply, please email your CV and a cover
letter to: info@yasunigreengold.org

13 Nov 2008

The CONAIE (The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) supports Yasuní Green Gold

The CONAIE (The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) assembled in special meeting in the city of Tena (Ecuador) on the 30th and 31st October, 2008 has resolved:

"Point 18: To support the international campaign YASUNÍ GREEN GOLD concerning the PIVA territories or Free Comunities that forbids the oil exploitation in the ITT area."

The CONAIE represents the 14 indigenous nationalities plus 18 comunities of Ecuador.
Marlon Santi, the CONAIE's president, took part on the presentation of Yasuní Green Gold in Barcelona, Spain, celebrated on 12th October.

Also, the assembly solved important points for the preservation of the biodiversity and the exercise of the rights of the indigenous people.

You can read a summnary of the resolutions. Click here

11 Nov 2008

Fundraising Fiesta @ Club4Climate¡ Saturday 22nd November

*Yasuní Green Gold** Fundraising Fiesta @* *Club Surya*

Get involved and ready to party to help the Yasuni people of Ecuador and their struggle to save the Ecuadorian Rainforest at the "world's first ecological club"

*Saturday 22nd November 7pm-3am £5 in advance; £7 on the door. buy here

Featuring live music from Brazilian act *Vendendo Peixe *playing the best in Samba de Raiz (Roots samba from Rio de Janeiro) and Chorinho led by outstanding mandolin player Gaio de Lima www.myspace.com/gaiobandolim

*Movimientos DJs Clem George and Cal Jader *
+ DJ Cydetrack (Open Air Radio)* > *Playing the freshest Latin & Global beats
+ From 7pm Documentary film screening about collective action in Mexico to combat environmental destruction >

CLUB SURYA 156 Pentonville Road London N1 9JL Tube/ Rail: Kings Cross / St Pancras

*"Yasuni Green Gold is a grassroots campaign which works in partnership with local and indigenous leaders of the Ecuadorian Amazon to fight for their human and environmental rights". www.yasunigreengold.org

Movimientos - Musica Mestiza. Documentary Film. Latin culture. www.movimientos.org.uk www.myspace.com/movimientos movimientosuk@gmail.com

Buy here advanced tickets

Action Alert: Write to your MP

If you live in the UK, your MP can put vital pressure on the UK government to act. You can ask them to sign an Early Day Motion (a parliamentary petition) supporting our campaign and to write to both Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development and Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

If you live in any other country, please writte to your representatives.

Please email them soon. There are just weeks left now before the Ecuadorian government's proposal to save the park expires.

Click here to take action

Yasuni needs you¡

10 Nov 2008

Yasuní Green Gold goes to the European Parliament and the European Commission

In November, the Yasuní Green Gold team kept travelling abroad and adding people and organizations to the fight for the protection of the Yasuní. So we arrived to Belgium to introduce the current situation and the activities that the campaign carries out. There we found the warm support of some other organizations also committed with this struggle, such as 11.11.11., Broederlijk Delen and VODO. 

3rd November we celebrated with them and with the Mo*magazine a discussion in which the Georgina and GInes,of the Yasuní Green Gold campaign, and the Embassy of Ecuador took part. There we presented to the audience the current situation of the region of Yasuní and the strong and weak points of the official Ecuadorian Government's proposal to keep the oil underground.

The wenesday 5th Gines was invited to go to a private event of the Heinrich Boll Foundation. This event works with special rules. Only few people can assist and only by invitation. Unfourtunately, Gines cant say what happen in the event, but you can read more about that in the Heinrich Boll Foundation Website cliking here.

We also met some political representatives at the European Parliament. We discussed for a long time about the region of Yasuní and the role that European countries may play to defeat these areas of unique biological, ecological and cultural importance. In these meetings we could find people like Gabriela Cretu, vice-president of the Delegation for the relations with the countries of the Andean Community. Finally, we got the commitment of different well-known politicians, so now we keep on working to get and official answer from the European Parliament and the Ecuadorian Government.

12th November we had the opportunity to attend the presentation of the official ITT proposal that the Ecuadorian Government presented through the Ambassador Francisco Carrión at the European Parliament. During this meeting the interest of the international community to support the proposal was confirmed, but also the lack of proposal development that the Ecuadorian Government has and the necessity to improve their plans to defeat Yasuní's incredible biodiversity and its inhabitants. Francisco Carrión and his assistant Carlos Larrea stated to be working to develop mechanisms that guarantee that the exploitations of the region don't continue. They said that the Belgium ambassor will send more information...

Guillermo Corral
Yasuni Green Gold Belgium