Is driving your car in LA destroying the Amazon rainforest? Hear Zoe Cina-Sklar, Campaigner for Amazon Watch, discuss the “End Amazon Crude” campaign and discover the numerous connections between LA’s oil addiction and preservation of the rainforest.
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Amazon Watch protects the rainforest and partners with indigenous and environmental organizations to promote human rights, corporate accountability and preserve the Amazon’s ecological systems. The Amazon rainforest is part of the world’s cultural and ecological heritage – and an irreplaceable source of “life.”
If you live and drive in LA or depend on oil in any way, find out how you can help reverse deforestation and displacement of Indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Learn how your own oil consumption might be supporting the continued flow of Amazon crude in LA. Amazon Crude is now the second most imported oil in the U.S. from a single foreign country (after Saudi Arabia).
The majority of Amazon Crude gets refined in California and unfortunately, is driving expansion of oil operations in the rainforest. Amazon Crude is refined or destined to be refined in our backyard, at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo.
Rainforests regulate the global climate and are key to maintaining our broader ecosystem. We are dependent upon them for our survival. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest and is larger than the continental U.S. It is home to: 1/3 of the Earth’s plant and animal species; produces 1/5 of all its flowing fresh water; provides 1/5 of the world’s oxygen; and 30% of its biodiversity.
Nearly 400 distinct indigenous peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival. At current rates of deforestation, 50 percent of the Amazon could be devastated by the year 2020. Global deforestation contributes 20–25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Educate yourself on this issue and help be the change!
Follow the money behind Amazon Crude and join the campaign to divest your own funds and help drive world divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Learn who’s bankrolling oil companies operating in the Amazon, help #KeepTheOilInTheSoil and #OilMoneyOut.
Interview by Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio.
Host and Engineer: JP Morris
Executive Producer: Mark Morris
This originally aired January 26, 2018 on KPFK 90.7 FM, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles.