[VIDEO] A Message from Manari Ushinga, Sapara Leader & Indigenous Ally

April 15, 2014 | By Dina Buck

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, we send you this message from our Indigenous Ally, Manari Ushinga, of the Sápara people in Ecuador.

Manari shares with us his people's view the natural world, and their perspective on interconnection and how this relates to the importance of keeping the oil that lies underneath the Ecuadorian Amazon untouched.

In 2013, Ecuador's President Correa ended the Yasuní-ITT initiative, and wrapped up the government's XI Oil Round, making it more important than ever that we stand up to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples whose communities and ancestral lands would be encroached on and polluted in the face of oil development, as well as the Amazon rainforest itself, which holds some of the richest biodiversity in the world.

This Earth Day month, join us in celebration of Pachamama:

  • Join us online April 16th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for our next Speaker Series live video conversation with Starhawk and Jon Young. The talk, titled Earth Wisdom: Awakening to Our Original Design will look at the growing "nature connection movement," and how community building, peacemaking, and reawakening the village model can help sustain resilience on a rapidly changing planet.
  • The Pachamama Alliance will be speaking at the Spring of Sustainability Telesummit on April 22nd, 28th, and June  23rd! The summit is the world's largest online Earth Day celebration, kicking off on Earth Day with 12 hours of inspirational talks featuring 75+ green pioneers, innovators, activists, scientists, indigenous wisdom-keepers, business leaders, musicians, visionaries, and YOU – to joyfully co-create a sustainable new world, and will be followed by a free 9-week action program.

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