I have been an activist in Intag's anti-mining struggle for two long decades. But it is impossible to understand my activism, without knowing where I live and what is at risk.
Knowing that I've lived in Ecuador's Intag region since 1978 and that my home is surrounded by primary and secondary cloud forests of incredible biodiversity, clean rivers, waterfalls and stunningly beautiful vistas, will help.
Intag is also populated with some of the nicest people I have come across, all living in small, tight-knit agricultural communities. Until the mining companies came looking for copper, the area was peaceful with very low crime rates.
It is in this setting that I've raised my children, learned how to farm sustainably, and deepened my love for nature. In other words, this is a place I love and care for deeply.
This is the reason why I, and others like me, have fought so hard and for so many years to oppose the open-pit copper mine threatening us.
I would like to use this platform to raise awareness of this struggle, check out our NGO's site for more information: www.decoin.org