Bo Derek is leading the campaign against oil drilling in Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.
There are 10 billion dollars worth of oil in the rainforst.
Even though Ecuador is a developing country, and could really use the revenue, they are willing to accept less than half that amount in donations from around the world.
If they reach their 3.6 billion dollar goal, they won’t drill.
The money will go to reforestion, social development, renewable energy, and clean up.
“Unfortunately, this hit during this economic crisis, so it it is really impressive how many countries are contributing. I think it’s symbolic and a show of good faith that the world cares about this…I think the easy route would be to let an oil company come in and drill, but [the president] won’t have it.
As a developing country, it is a big sacrifice for them. Yet 70 percent of the people support this initiative in Ecuador.”
She isn’t nessesarily against drilling, it’s just that she feels the rainforests should be left unhardmed.
We're right there with you. They are where we discover many of our cures to diseases, after all.
“Personally I’m not against drilling. I think we’re still dependent on fossil fuel. I hope one day we aren’t, but we’re not quite there yet…Ecuador is drilling and they’re going to continue to drill. It is their largest export. But there are some places that are so unique, so special that we should all support not drilling there.”
Way to save the rainforest, Bo!
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