Yasuni National Park is arguably the most biologically diverse place on earth and home to several indigenous nations. But under its 3,800 square miles of prime rainforest habitat lies an estimated 800 million barrels of crude oil – 20% of Ecuador’s.
This economical wealth yet ecological curse has made its future is uncertain. In 2013, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa abandoned an initiative protecting Yasuní from oil drilling practices. Extraction of crude is expected to begin by 2016.
UPROOT looks into the complex, multi-layered controversy of oil drilling, indigenous rights and explores solutions to protect wildlife and one of our world’s most precious eco-systems.