"People think it is dishonest and the oil company is treating them like dogs. It does not respect the land or the planet. There is no deal, nothing is agreed. The people do not want the oil company," Gualinga said. "We have decided to fight to the end. Each landholder will defend their territory. We will help each other and stand shoulder to shoulder to prevent anyone from passing," posted the tribe in Our Amazing Story
South America’s largest state-backed oil company, Chevron, will be facing the Kichwa tribe, ethnically similar to the Quechua of the Andes mountains in Ecuador and Peru, an indigenous community of about 400 members. Saying they will fight to the death to stop Big Oil, Yahoo! News
reports that the location is “home to some of the richest variety of life on Earth.” Scientific studies of this region have found that 2.47 of rainforest acres contain a wider variety of life than in all of North America.
The country of Ecuador is the only country in the world to recognize the rights of nature in its constitution, home to the Galapagos Islands. However, now a global battle exists between the area’s living systems and fossil fuels; the Amazon’s level of animal populations in Ecuador has plunged to twice the 30% global average.
The Yasuni National Park is also home to two of the world's last uncontacted tribes, the Tagaeri and Taromenane tribes, who live deep in this Amazon rainforest. According to the Guardian
, “they have fought off illegal loggers and Catholic missionaries with spears and blowpipes to maintain their isolated, nomadic existence.”
“Scientists believe Yasuni is the most bio-diverse place on Earth and large swaths of the park remain in pristine condition thanks partly to the ferocity of the indigenous people's resistance to intruders.”