Published by Antoinette Siu on 14 Jun 2012 at 10:00 am
For three decades, oil operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon put 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest. Nearby communities were poisoned, fish and animals disappeared, forests were cut down. Now, the Ecuadorian government wants to drill for oil in the pristine Yasuní National Park.
Despite being one of the most biodiverse places on earth and home to several indigenous tribes, Yasuní could suffer the same tragic fate. You can help. It starts with raising awareness. Grab your smartphone and download Age of Yasuní, a new smartphone video game that lets you play as a local indigenous leader protecting his or her land from oil development.
You’ll use poison blow darts to ward off oil workers and protect the lush tropical forests of Yasuní. You’ll travel to the tributaries of the Niger Delta and the snows of the Alaska to save other threatened regions.
Download the app for $0.99, and the proceeds go to a small grants fund for communities fighting to keep oil and gas development off their lands. Tell your friends, your family, and your social networks. You can rally support for Yasuní andother oil-affected places.
About Age of Yasuní
Age of Yasuní is a new smartphone video game available for iPhone/iPod on the Appstore and for Android devices on Google Play. It is available in five languages and suitable for all ages. There’s a shorter free version and the full paid version ($0.99). Proceeds from the sale of the game go to a small grants fund, administered by Global Greengrants Fund, that supports campaigns and community-led efforts around the world to keep oil and gas development off of local lands.
About Yasuní National Park and proposed oil development
A single hectare of Ecuador’s Yasuní rainforest has more native tree species than all of North America. It is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Yasuní is home to the Huaorani people and two of the last remaining uncontacted tribes.
Today, this rich natural and cultural diversity are under threat. Oil companies want to drill for oil in Yasuní. As it has throughout the Amazon, oil development will pollute rivers and soil, kill off rare tree and animal species, and endanger the health of local communities who survive from the land.
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