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Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix

"They don't need our language to know, we've sold them down the river."

- River Phoenix

narrating the Alliance for the People of the Forest
benefit album Txai.

Rio's Attic Campaign: #00002


The People of the Forest

Living in an remote area of Southern Ecuador, the Achuar People have always carefully preserved the well-being of the part of the Amazon rainforest that is their home. They've lived there for hundreds of years in harmony with nature and have developed a deep-felt regard for their beautiful and life-giving surroundings.

They have been spared the disruption that has ravaged the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon but, because of the relentless search for new oil reserves, their proud culture is about to be destroyed.

The Ecuadorian Government, in much need of hard currency, has sold oil exploration rights to the US-based company ARCO and it's not just the Achuar territory that has been affected. The deal means that an unimaginable 2.5 million acres of "old growth" rainforest has now been set aside for oil development.

The Achuar People are now seeking worldwide support for their peaceful stand against oil exploration by ARCO.


Suggested Actions:

  • Visit the Rainforest Action Network web-site which highlights the plight of the Achuar as well as many other rainforest-based causes:
    Time to complete: 15 minutes
  • Write a letter to the Chief Executive of ARCO politely asking him to respect the rights of the Achuar to determine for themselves the future of their homeland. Details, including a sample letter, can be found at:
    Time to complete: 40 minutes

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