The Amazon Rainforest is famously known as the “lungs of the earth.” In
the Ecuadorian Amazon, indigenous groups have united in an effort to
protect our proverbial lungs from multinational corporations who they
say have spent many years exploiting these sacred lands for profit and
harming the communities that live there.
On Thursday November 5th, 2009, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Amazon Watch and the Washington Office on Latin America hosted an event that allowed members of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Rights Movement to share their stories. The following quotes were taken from Marlon Santi’s remarks at that event.