28 Oct 2010

Yachaywasi 'the most important story on the planet '

When Two Worlds Collide (trailer)

When Two Worlds Collide: A hazardous journey of an Amazonian leader confronting the rules of the globalization game created by developed countries in order to protect corporate interests. With the Rainforest facing peril, this apocalyptic story presents two colliding visions that shape the climate future of our world.

If humanity and the rest of nature is to survive and prosper it is vital to conserve the rainforests. They regulate many key biological cycles on this planet and are a carbon sink absorbing CO2. In Peru, President Alan Garcia's government are auctioning 70% of the countries Amazon rainforest to oil, gas and biofuels companies.

If Garcia succeeds we are frankly doomed as a species, the release of huge quantities of fossil fuels will wreck the planet.

I am sceptical of most forms of environmentalism, most of the time, they are often plain ineffective, however in the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous people have used non violent direct action to halt the destruction of the Amazon.

They have a fantastically effective organisation AIDESEP that generally wins the battle, however in 2009 members of AIDESEP were massacred by the Peruvian government's military police. AIDESEP face severe repression (the UK government of course do nothing, I will try not to rant on about what a little shit Chris Bryant MP was as foreign office Minister tasked with Latin America!).

Alberto Pizango, the leader of AIDESEP was exiled from Peru, now he is back and is going to run for President of Peru.

A film is being made of his story, its absolutely vital that it is completed, AIDESEP's story must be heard.

The film makers need to raise funds, I am hoping James Cameron gives them a $1 million but as this is the real Avatar he made not want to fund a rival.

Anyway I have leant modestly on my credit card to help fund the film and I would urge all my readers to donate as well. If you go on the donation site you can easily send some cash large or small and it doesn't matter where you are in the world, it will convert your currency into dollars.

You can donate here.

So go for it, its the most important story on the planet and it must be told. You might also like to look at the work of my good friend Hugo Blanco, currently on the last few days of his European tour, to find out more about the Lucha Indigena.

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