How Far Would You Go To Save It All?

Written by Mike G

Topics: Frontline Communities, Learn, Oil

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San Rafael Falls

San Rafael Falls in the Yasuni

That’s the tagline for a new documentary being made about the Yasuni national forest in Ecuador, which has been called “Earth’s Eden” because of its stunning beauty and incredible biodiversity.

I’m willing to bet many RAN supporters would go very far indeed to save this pristine region of Amazon rainforest, but supporting this documentary, Yasuni Man, is a good way to help without having to go anywhere.

For years, the oil industry has been eager to despoil the Yasuni by drilling for the huge oil reserves that lie below the forest floor. The only thing that has stopped them has been the small communities of Indigenous people that have defended their territory. Yasuni Man is a fascinating, up-close look at the Yasuni and the people who call it home:

Here’s an update from the film’s director, Ryan Killackey:

So far, I have filmed over 60% of Yasuni Man with the generous support from the contributors to our Kickstarter campaign in 2010/2011. Now I need to go back and complete filming the most rigorous part of the film and my main story arc – The Mega-Transect and Rapid Biological Inventory.

Ryan and Caiga

An Indigenous man who lives in the Yasuni, Caiga (left), with Ryan Killackey, filmmaker (right)

With the support of an amazing crew, we will prove that Yasuni Man and the Biosphere Reserve is in desperate need of protecting and its value is much greater than oil, the single largest threat to the NW Amazonian region. Yasuni is considered to have the highest biological diversity in the western hemisphere and possibly the world. Additionally, inside this world heritage site live two communities of indigenous people living in voluntary isolation with no contact to the outside world. Not only are wildlife species being threatened, but so are the indigenous people by the reckless industries that have exploited Yasuni for nearly a century.

If we can’t protect Yasuni, which is among the most biologically rich and culturally diverse regions of our planet, how can we expect to protect regions of the world with significantly less diversity?

Please help me in my mission to give Yasuni a voice, a voice that will bring attention to the plight of the natural world that we are all at risk of losing, and without knowing, we all depend.

Head over to Kickstarter to help Ryan finish making this important film.

5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Hey RAN! Thanks for posting my project on your blog! For anyone who might be reading this, your contribution is greatly appreciated and will make a world of difference in protecting the Yasuni region and its inhabitants. Please contribute if you can. Pledges can be as small as $1. Any contribution that you can make to the Yasuni Man campaign is helpful. – Kindest regards – Ryan Killackey – Director of Yasuni Man

  2. Michelle Marie Glorieux says:

    My heart weeps…but my soul heart soars with love and prayer, for the intention I put forth into the world is that ALL people, even those who are being so greedy and destructive, will be filled with light and love for for all that lives and breathes in this world. That all eyes will open because are hearts will be so filled with love for ALL….each one of us is a part of everything/all…..we will awaken from a deep sleep into the brilliant light of LOVE. As my intention to create this…along with so many others, stands firm….I pledge to speak, sign, spread the work that so many special people and organizations are doing. LETS SAVE, PRESERVE and RESPECT the people, places and animals on this ONE EARTH ….our home. Let us STOP the DEGRADATION of PLANET EARTH and ALL THAT LIVES HERE!!!!!
    PLEASE….open your hearts….let us CHOOSE LIFE without GREEDINESS and NEGATIVITY. “Let’s make peace and love within ourselves so we are able to create peace and love outside ourselves.” As human-BEINGS, we ARE capable of this. Namaste.

  3. Amicus says:

    We must concern about this sir….good luck

  4. Only 30 days to contribute to Yasuni Man, and we still need over $36,000 for our kickstarter campaign to be successful. A contribution of just $25 will help get us back to finish filming in Yasuni and you will get a signed copy of the film once it is finished. Please contribute here –

  5. Here is my interview podcast that was broadcast on National Geographic Weekend Radio Show this past weekend about Yasuni Man.

    My interview starts 12 minutes into the 3/11/12 episode, aired 3/12/12:

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