Project: Eco Ola
Eco Ola wants to thank all of you who voiced your support for us in the aftermath of this outrageous incident. Unfortunately these things are all to common in Peru and the rest of the Amazon. A big misguided energy project tramples on the rights and property of those with the misfortune to be in the way. The proposed hydroelectric project for which the "surveying" is being done is a classic boondoggle. It has already been analyzed and shown to be cost ineffective at best and more likely utterly nonfunctional with devastating social and environmental consequences.
We received a panicked call from our farm manager saying that men with chainsaws were cutting down our trees and they claimed to have the right to be there. They continued until I arrived and threw them off the property. The real tragedy is the community members of Mazan who are not part of Eco Ola and have no means of protecting themselves. Their subsistence farms are being cut down as they watch helplessly. We will continue to help organize the community and proceed legally against the tree killers. The problem is that these companies hire subcontractors or create shell companies to protect themselves from legal action. While it has been painful to see some of our tress destroyed, this episode only strengthens our commitment to make a difference for the people and the forests of the Amazon. Eco Ola's operations are not threatened by this hydroelectric project, but we want to bring awareness to what often happens here in the Peruvian Amazon. Please see the attached photos of the attack on our farm.
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