Keep The Oil In The Ground ~ why #NoDAPL

What can I say when the video says it all. AmazonWatch

This is why oil should stay in the ground.

This is why no one needs another pipeline.

This is why protectors are standing strong at Standing Rock in North Dakota and Iowa to protect water and earth.

This matters to everyone on Earth.

 

Stop Belo Monte Dam! Dec. 10 Day of Action. Justice Now! Campaign. Brazil, Respect Indigenous Rights!

For what you can do to join in solidarity with the 40,000 Indigenous people of Brazil visit ‘Eye on the Amazon–Official blog of Amazon Watch’ http://amazonwatch.org/news/2012/1204-take-action-for-justice-now-on-dec-10   Join the campaign on Facebook, send letters to the Brazilian consulate nearest you, sign the petition, distribute the petition, tweet the campaign and raise awareness globally.

AmazonWatch site http://amazonwatch.org/

The displacement of 40,000 Indigenous people and the destruction of the ecosystem of the Xingu River seems to be of no concern to those demanding the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. What is real progress? Is changing the landscape and destroying the lives of people “progress” in our world of climate change? Or is “progress” learning how to reach sustainable life-ways in harmony and balance with our environment upon which we are all dependent for survival as a species? What world will your grandchildren know? Or will there be a life-sustaining habitat for humans in the future? Is energy at any cost really worth the price of extinction?

 Stop Belo Monte Dam!

Let the Xingu River Flow!

Let the people Live.

Children of the Jaguar–Where: Point Reyes, CA. When: Nov. 29, What: Village Battles Big Oil

Visit Amazon Watch  –>>http://amazonwatch.org/news>

There are days when I really appreciate the news feed on Facebook and this is one of them. Today several things of interest to moi were connected in a moment on Facebook–Point Reyes, California, the best documentary film–Children of the Jaguar, and the incredible fight of this village against a huge corporation run by people with absolutely no morals, scruples or conscience. So if you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of Point Reyes, this might be your destination on Nov. 29.  It would be mine.  If you’re ready, willing and able to view this National Geographic film festival documentary best of winner–please report back to moi with your thoughts. Gracias.

Check out National Geographic’s all roads film project–grants available– http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/all-roads/film/

Chevron Receives Gulity Verdict!

Finally some accountability for BIG OIL for knowingly dumping toxic waste into the waterways of Ecuador!  For more about this historic judgement visit Amazon Watch at:

 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

18 years of denial, media spin, and underhanded dealings even when the proof of contamination was out in the open for anyone willing to look to see.  What does it take to get corporations to behave properly? Will 9 Billion dollars put a dent in their profits? Does the guilty verdict  send a clear message to stop being amoral, greedy and indifferent to the environment and the people who fight to protect it?

More legal information at Turtle Talk

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ecuadorean-judge-orders-chevron-to-pay-9b-in-damages-for-polluting-lands-of-indigenous-peoples/

Also, there’s news coverage on Democracy Now! which reports that Chevron refuses to pay and calls the verdict “unenforceable.”  

www.democracynow.org 

So where does BIG BUSINESS get off with REFUSING to pay for their deliberate wrongdoing? Are they above the law? Apparently the people who run Chevron believe they are. Yes, let’s not forget that oil companies are run by people–not robots.

Itching to engage in satirical delights?

Are you totally fed up with advertising spin campaigns employed by corporations like BP and Chevron to greenwash their deadly dirty profit at all cost ventures and desire an outlet for venting frustration with all this manipulative garbage constantly being thrown across every television and video screen–YouTube included (so sad) –at us? Want to fight advertising spin fire with your brand of flaming satirical blowtorch?  Or do you just enjoy dipping into delicious satirical delights? Got a soft side for sarcasm that bites bones and tears away dead flesh? Hmm, this is beginning to sound a tad like a Zombie thrill movie advertisement–but no matter.  Amazon Watch has got one heck of a no punches pulled, direct in their faces counter-attack video-poster contest going in response to Chevron’s ad campaign to greenwash their terminally toxic ventures in Ecuador.  There are all kinds of entries in this contest. You can vote for your favorites AND you can enter your own creation! Oh yeah! This is all out Word-Art Warfare! Surf the link for some very serious satirical inspiration for fighting back with the enemy’s own weapons! You won’t regret it.

 

Click on the photograph to enjoy and engage in the sumptuous satirical slapping of Chevron Thinks We’re Stupid Spoof Ad Contest. 

Here’s one video–alert–there are a  few tough & rough words spoken.

or visit    www.ChevronThinksWereStupid.org

or  www.FunnyorDie.com

or click on the  photo of the canoes at the top of my sidebar to discover what the people of the Amazon are  Watching.

Satire Lives! And I had about given up all hope.  If you enter the contest  please post a link to your entry here.  It’s time to slice and dice the spin machine!

Shanti Om

ps.  She is so cute as she reads the teleprompter.  I wonder if it tells her when to smile and blink. What do you think? What a lot of $$$!!!! Now that’s PROFIT.

For the animation addicts among us–

Columbus’ Heirs = Oil Companies

Yes, the modern natural heirs to the value, cultural and psychological legacy of Christopher Columbus are clearly represented by Oil companies like Chevron, Shell, and BP. If the people of the Gulf Coast really want to see their future after coverage of the BP disaster fades from mainstream news media they can look at the ongoing legal battle between the Indigenous people of Ecuador and  Chevron Oil.  Or they can consider the terrifying decades long running conflict between Indigenous people and Oil companies in the Niger Delta . Recently corporations which were granted ‘personhood’ rights for political contributions have been granted immunity from legal actions for the kidnapping, torture and murder  of anti-Oil activists. Yes, Oil companies get to have their cake and eat it too. Well, I guess that would be they get to pump oil without responsibility. This is just one environmental issue on which Indigenous Peoples are on the front lines facing down corporations that ‘develop’ the natural resources to the detriment of all living things, including themselves.  Heads up, corporations are composed of people, human beings, and guess what –all human beings are vulnerable to toxic  pollutants.

 

Where are the instruments of our own destruction? In our gas tanks. In our minds. In our values. In our lifestyles.  In our hearts? In our DNA?

Indigenous Peoples Know the Stakes for Survival. Do you?

Latin American Herald: Brazilian Indians Release Five Remaining Hostages At Damn Site.    http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=361190&CategoryId=14090

The Achuar have been fighthing big oil in Peru for 14 years –now that’s an ATTENTION span to envy–http://www.amazonwatch.org/amazon/PE/

Navajos Protest Uranium Mines  http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/05/navajos-protest-uranium-mining-plans.html

Amazon Indian Leaders meet Houma Nation in Louisiana    http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0727-kozloff_oil_indigenous.html

What’s happening? It’s the struggle to survive. And it’s coming to your home whether you believe it or not. This isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when”. Think the issues in Avatar were just a figment of a scriptwriter’s active imagination? LOL.  Indigenous people are not big and blue. They’re red, black, and brown people and they’ve got more than a few clues based on direct experience.  

Indian Country Today’s Headline: Venezuelan Indigenous Newspaper Wins Journalism Award http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/Venezuelan-history-first-99100324.html

Yes, there’s more news in the world than CNN, Fox, ABC and the BBC might lead one to think. Discover our world.

Watching in the Amazon and beyond

 Think that just plugging that spilling in the Gulf of Mexico is the only problem of big oil companies? Oil companies which by the way want nothing more than for everyone to remain DEPENDENT on the black gold they mine and want to continue mining until THEY have alternatives ready to roll for their profit machines.  Want to know how oil companies deal with local populations then just click  to  http://www.amazonwatch.org/  the site of Amazon Watch where there much to ‘wow’ about regarding Chevron’s tactics for legal evasion of responsibilty for their well informed and deliberate toxic adventures in Ecuador. Or check out what’s spilling in Peru.

Ecuador has an interesting idea–keeping its oil in the ground. No kidding– http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/ecuadorian_activist_heads_to_cop15_with

And there’s always the ongoing long term despair of the people of the Niger Delta to consider when continuing our addiction to that “Texas Tea”…… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_in_the_Niger_Delta

“I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike.”

Oh and on A Small Town Dad’s blog is his incredible art regarding the ongoing spilling.  Thanks to Bliss for posting her version and linking.

http://asmalltowndad.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/man-up-and-fix-it-oilspill/

Blissbait’s version  http://blissbait.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/welcome-this-processing-loon-says/

Got kids? Love our planet? Dig Avatar?

Are you watching the Amazon? If you’re a parent then you probably want a great place for your children to live and grow in.   We’ve got one planet, Earth.  If you saw Avatar then you already know a great deal about the issues in the Amazon that the Achuar people are facing. They’re just one group of people on the frontlines of knowing what’s going on with our planet’s health.  Curious about the world in which we all live? Visit the Amazon and consider what’s at sake for all of us on Earth.

http://amazonwatch.org/

It’s April. It’s spring, the time of birth and rebirth. Let’s insure that Earth supports many many more springs with love and joy. Give all our children the gift of a healthy world to live in.

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