Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional Yasuní.

Protecting the Yasuní, part of UNESCO’s Red Mundial de Reservas de la Biosfera, not only would preserve the most biologically diverse place on the planet, but also would help slow down climate change by  1)  preventing tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere and 2) maintaining forests that act as a carbon sink for the world.

This fact sheet, La Propuesta Yasuní-ITT: los datos, summarizes the proposal.

Below are resources for creating activities and projects around El Parque Nacional Yasuní.

Turismo sostenible

Students can create a folleto or role-play travel agents planning a trip that respects globally recognized responsible tourism principles.  Find resources here about sustainable tourism in the Yasuní and also at the web site for Ecuador’s Ministerio del Ambiente.  The Municipio de Francisco de Orellano, located within Yasuní, calls itself “cuna de culturas” for its mixture of indigenous, european and african cultures.  Students can explore the economics and local impact of tourism as well as cultural products such as food, festivals, holidays, music, film and more.

Ecología e Investigación científica

Estación Científica Yasuní can help inspire student inquiry into the ecological diversity and significance of this part of the Amazon.

Yasunízate:  La campaña para promover la propuesta Yasuní-ITT 

Students can create a Model UN style debate on Ecuador’s proposal or generate a response to the proposal through letters, videos, skits, original boardgames, apps or art.

Yasuní-ITT is a government sponsored site that provides multimedia background information and solicits support for the initiative.  The embassy’s site includes a link and updates.

Other related sites include Yasunízate (click on the “cuentos” at the top of the home page for short messages in the words of those who live in the Yasuní) as well as a more politically aggressive and thorough Amazonía Por la Vida.  The latter includes video games in which you can fight the evil empresarios, as well as detailed articles on topics ranging from the environment to economics.  You can find more information at UNESCO’s Quito page, such as an  article about the response of the juventud equatoriana to this challenge.  Convinced?  To contribute or to find more articles (in Spanish and English) check out the UN’s Yasuní fund page here.

The music video below draws upon Ecuador’s european, indigenous and african heritages.   Also a good practice with informal “tú” commands!

letra:  Yasunízate

Venimos del mismo vientre / de la fuente de la vida / donde terminan los Andes y empieza el cielo / somos los hijos del suelo

Traemos un justo trato / que cambiará la historia / no, no queremos lo que te sobra / sino lo que te toca

Para borrar la absurda huella / de nuestra propia secuela / hay que tomar la iniciativa / hay que decirle sí a la vida


Yasunízate, alégrate, aprópiate, muévete, Yasunízate/ Es tiempo de crear un nuevo mundo

Sacudamos la conciencia de la humanidad / siempre nos sacan provecho / es hora de sacar el pecho / Y conservar lo que Dios ha hecho / el planeta está deshecho / nuestra decisión es de salvar la Yasuní / únete a la misión

Venimos en nombre de los pájaros / de los ríos y los árboles / de las plantas y animales / a decirte que no es tarde / si todos ponemos de parte / hay que tomar la iniciativa / hay que decirle sí a la vida

About sustainabilityandspanish

Spanish teacher and accidental environmentalist.
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