Friday, February 5, 2010

Tens of Thousands of Avaaz Members to Chevron: Clean up Your Toxic Mess In Ecuador!

Today, we're proud to announce that we've joined forces with global internet advocacy powerhouse Avaaz to distribute the international petition to the new Chevron CEO, calling for a cleanup of its toxic legacy in Ecuador. Avaaz has set a goal of gathering at least 100,000 additional signatures from people around the world.

Along with our allies at Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Amazon Watch released the petition and with Avaaz's help, we have now gathered well over 100,000 signatures. We'll deliver the petition and signatures soon and RAN is asking its supporters for ideas on how best to deliver the petition to the company to make the greatest impact.

If you haven't signed the petition already, please do so at the Avaaz site or on the website of Amazon Watch's Clean Up Ecuador Campaign.

There you can watch a video from local residents of Ecuador's contaminated rainforest region, appealing to Chevron's new CEO John Watson to take a new approach in dealing with the human and environmental tragedy in the Amazon, and finally take responsibility. The video has been spreading far and wide too, and was highlighted the other day on GritTV with Laura Flanders.

– Han

Born and raised in Baltimore, Han Shan is a human rights and environmental justice campaigner living in New York City. He is an organizer with the Clean Up Ecuador campaign for Amazon Watch.

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