Ecuador's fragile ecosystem, in critical danger.

by Carlos Zorrilla October. 29, 2019 315 views

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

The Cloud Forests of Intag.

The Cloud Forests of Intag.

Some of the most diverse on the planet.

Some of the most diverse on the planet.

Ecuador is considered one of the most biodiverse countries in the world (for now).

Ecuador is considered one of the most biodiverse countries in the world (for now).

The country ( which is the size of Colorado)  has around 23.056 taxonomic species of animals and plants reported, which constitutes the 6,1% of all species reported worldwide.

The country ( which is the size of Colorado) has around 23.056 taxonomic species of animals and plants reported, which constitutes the 6,1% of all species reported worldwide.

the country's economy is based on non-renewable resources such as oil, and on traditional agriculture such as the production of bananas, shrimps, cocoa, flowers and fisheries.

the country's economy is based on non-renewable resources such as oil, and on traditional agriculture such as the production of bananas, shrimps, cocoa, flowers and fisheries.

These activities may endanger the highlighted biodiversity richness of the country.

These activities may endanger the highlighted biodiversity richness of the country.

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Beautiful shots. To me this series is very much a shoot share save type theme. People tend to save what they love and these go a long way with causing someone to fall in love with the beauty of this location.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

I can understand your worries Carlos. I've just arrived from Costa Rica and there they protect their environment. Amazing pictures BTW

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Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Carlos ! We hear not much of that part of the world here in Europe. Beautiful photos and very alarming informations in the article of the posted link.

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