Amazon Watch is supporting the Ecuadorean delegation to the Gulf Coast this week along with our allies at Rainforest Action Network (RAN). RAN's Jon Mcintosh posted a powerful photo essay of our first day out on the Gulf Coast on the Change Chevron blog. I've re-posted the essay in its entirety below:
On Tuesday, June 29 Houma and Grand Bayou American Indian leaders showed Ecuadorean leaders the impact of BP's oil disaster on their coastal communities. The boat left from Port Sulphur and visited devastated wetlands, oil soaked wildlife, and the Grand Bayou village.
The Indigenous Ecuadorean leaders are in the Gulf coast to meet with American Indian tribes in the Gulf region and share their experiences coping with decades of Chevron's massive oil contamination in their home.
Emergildo Criollo (right) is a leader of the Cofan tribe in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest. Humberto Piaguaje (left) is the representative of the Secoya people to the Assembly of Delegates of Communities Affected by Chevron/Texaco.
Mariana Jimenez on the boat ride leaving from Port Sulphur heading out to Bay Baptiste. She is a 71-year old grandmother from near Lago Agrio, Ecuador. Her home was soon surrounded by oil spills and contamination. Her husband, who worked for Texaco (now Chevron), and her sister, both died of cancer.
Rosina Phillipe of Grand Bayou village welcomes Ecuadorean leaders to her home on the water.
Rosina Phillipe and the delegation share stories and lessons learned from living with oil contamination. (From left: Rosina Phillipe, Maria Ramos, Matiana Jiminez, Mitch Anderson, Humberto Piaguaje, Emergildo Criollo)