november, 2019

08nov6:00 pm8:00 pmEcuador Solidarity Night: Rainforests, Mining, Social Justice


Event Details

The Rainforest Information Centre and Rainforest Action Group are running this Fundraiser in SYDNEY as part of a series of events in solidarity with people and forests in Latin America impacted by mining and neoliberalism!

Film and Testimonies from the Frontline in a time of climate, human and biodiversity emergency …

BY DONATION $5-$20. Proceeds will go towards some urgent legal forest protection cases in Ecuador.

Liz Downes will be presenting from her first hand experience in Ecuador and sharing video testimonies of indigenous and farming people impacted by Australian mining companies. The broader discussion will look at challenges in transitioning to an Earth-sustaining post extractive economy.

We’ll also show a couple of short films about the amazing biodiversity in the country’s northern Andes cloud forests, and some inspiring regional alternative economy projects.

Ecuador has the highest biodiversity per hectare in the world, and was the world’s first country to enshrine the Rights of Nature in its constitution. It has a politically strong indigenous population comprising 14 nations, who were instrumental in the constitutional law affording humans and ecosystems equal rights to thrive.

In these critical times, it should be setting an example for the world. But it isn’t.

Ecuador faces an uncertain future with 2 million hectares of protected forests and indigenous lands sold in 2017 to mining companies – many of them Australian – and pressure from the IMF bank to open the country further to foreign investment.

As well as a looming environmental catastrophe for the Amazon, this massive land grab is a human rights travesty. Angry communities say they have not given informed consent for their land to be mined.

Things are at a crossroads, and we are ALL facing it. A liveable planet, or not? How can we facilitate a “just transition”, locally and globally?

Venue: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, Sydney (More detailed directions will be provided closer to the event)

The Rainforest Information Centre (RIC) was started by activist John Seed in northern NSW in 1979. It has been saving rainforests in Australia and worldwide ever since. RIC has had a long relationship with Ecuador, having founded the Los Cedros Reserve in 1989 and helped the indigenous Waorani and Awá demarcate their territorial boundaries.

RIC is currently coordinating an international campaign to stop mining destroying what’s left of the world’s most biodiverse forests.

The Rainforest Action Group (RAG), which was resurrected in Melbourne in 2018, is a group of hardy volunteers who have taken on driving the campaign, which aims to support Ecuadorians to fight for their rights and the rights of Pachamama, and to stop the sale of protected lands to mining.

For more info:

Photo (2017): one of the world’s biggest ceiba trees, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, threatened by oil exploitation, mining, deforestation and colonisation.


(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


142 Addison Road Marrickville