sábado, 21 de mayo de 2011
Open Letter to the USA from the Ecuadorian Amazon
This open letter in video form, from the communities in the Amazon area in Ecuador to the American people, is a scream for justice.
An Ecuadorian court has found Chevron (formerly known as Texaco) liable for $18 billion in damages for its environmental crimes, but the oil company promises to fight the verdict “until hell freezes over." That´s why a delegation of Ecuadorians are traveling to the US to meet with reporters, lawmakers, institutional investors, shareholders, activist allies, supporters, ahead of Chevron's annual shareholders meeting on May 25th and, at the same time, they have decided to release this letter.
Suggestion for English practice: Watch the video twice. Firstly, with no sound so that you will focus on reading the English subtitles (the images will help you understand those words you don´t know the meaning of); secondly, with the audio key on in order to listen to the beautiful intonation and accent of an Ecuadorian person reading the letter in Spanish while you read the subtitles in English.
Remember you should always try to see the two sides of any problem (even if you totally agree with one of them) , so click here for more information from the point of view of Ecuadorians and here to read Chevron´s point of view on the subject.
If you know anyone who would like to sign the Solidarity Petition of the Ecuadorians to call on Chevron to cease its efforts to evade accountability and clean up its contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon, tell them they can sign here.