How Klout and Yasuni Influenced Me
I recently received a perk from Klout which I would like to share with everyone. It’s important and in my opinion important enough for me to write about and to see that everyone I know is at least introduced the issue.
The Issue is: Water and Environment, which is perfect for this years Earth Day Posting and probably even closer to the heart of the issue is the sustainability of our resources, all of them. The Earth, our home.
About I Am Yasuni
Yasuní National Park in Ecuador is one of the world’s most remarkable treasures, but its future is being threatened. Although this is occurring hundreds or thousands of miles away, think twice about how you would feel if something like this would happen to the land you call home.
Yasuní National Park is home to the Waorani and some of the last indigenous tribes that still live in isolation in the Amazon, whose ancestral lands currently sit atop Ecuador’s largest undeveloped oil reserves, the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil block. Yasuní National Park is also an area that contains the world’s largest biodiversity, and include species that can not be found in other parts of the world.
The project, I Am Yasuni is here to save this endangered world treasure.
We are here to save this World treasure.
In the heart of the Amazon, within Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, there are 846 million barrels of oil, equivalent to 20% of the country’s reserves, located in the ITT field. The Yasuní National Park contains the world’s most extensive biodiversity, and is home to two tribes who have voluntarily remained isolated from civilization, the Tagaeri and Taromenane. In 2007, the President of Ecuador Rafael Correa announced at the United Nations’ General Assembly the country’s commitment to preserve indefinitely these reserves. In return, President Correa asks for the international community’s co-responsibility to preserve the environment, by asking contributions totaling 3.6 billion dollars over 13 years, equivalent to less than 50% of the oil’s estimated market value. The funds are administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and will fund projects that meet defined objectives, thus guaranteeing transparency and effective use of resources.
Take a moment and watch this short video on Yasuni, it’s awesome!
There are a series of an additional four video’s also on you tube in the Yasuni channel, I would incourage you to watch them
The Yasuni perk influenced me to take a good look into this issue and there was more. More in that each year more and more of our watersheds are destroyed, each year more and more of the rain forests are destroyed and with them goes part of the worlds fresh water producing eco-systems. The less fresh water we have the more we have to produce. This production comes with a cost and that cost is energy. To produce one gallon of fresh water it requires:
Where is the Yasuni National Park?
Klout and Human Rights 2012 Earth Day Poster by Elaine Ossipov
- How Far Would You Go To Save It All? (understory.ran.org)
- Film on the Yasuni region of Ecuador (anoleannals.org)
- Race to save Ecuador’s ‘lungs of the world’ park (environmenteng.wordpress.com)
- This Is What Happens When An Oil Rig Shows Up In A New York Park (fastcoexist.com)
- Drilling for Oil in Eden: Initiative to Save Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador Is Uncertain (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- The biodiversity of the Amazon Basin Ecuador (sebastianmoya.wordpress.com)
- Rain Forest for Ransom (time.com)
- Amazon Adventure Part I (munyivaresponsibletravel.wordpress.com)