Posts By Mike Gaworecki

Mike G - who has written 144 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Mike G. is an activist, writer, and musician who lives in San Francisco. He is the online campaigner for RAN's Forests program. Find Mike on Twitter: @MikeG2001

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 3

By Mike G, August 10 2012

0 Comments

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 3

This is part three of a series. Read part one here and part two here. Cofan Dureno day 2 After breakfast (white rice and yucca—again!) the women of the community laid out their finest wares for us. There was an amazing amount of beadwork on display—all of the beads being seeds that they dye different [...]

Continue reading...

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 2

By Mike G, August 8 2012

1 Comment

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 2

This is part two of a series. Read part one here. Cofan Dureno Before heading to the Cofan community of Dureno, Donald Moncayo took us to Auguarico 4. This was a well site that was built by Texaco and operated solely by Texaco for about 8 years. PetroEcuador never pulled even one single gallon of [...]

Continue reading...

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 1

By Mike G, August 6 2012

2 Comments

Field Report: Engineers Without Borders Team Inspects ClearWater Systems In Ecuador, Day 1

Coca and Rumipamba – July 30 We spent one night in Coca, at the Hotel Auca, before embarking out into the Indigenous villages of Cofan Dureno and San Pablo in the Amazon. “Auca” is apparently a racist name for the Huaorani. It’s another tribe’s word for “savage”, and the white men who built the hotel [...]

Continue reading...

Engineers Without Borders Arrives In Ecuador to Help Bring ClearWater to Amazon Communities

By Mike G, July 30 2012

1 Comment

Engineers Without Borders Arrives In Ecuador to Help Bring ClearWater to Amazon Communities

In the U.S. we often speak of environmental justice as an idea: a concept that guides our work, a state of ecological equity that we strive toward. But for the people here in Ecuador living with the massive oil pollution deliberately dumped here by by American oil company Texaco from 1962 to 1992, the concept [...]

Continue reading...

Taking a Cue From RAN? Democrats Give Bank of America Stadium Another Rename

By Mike G, July 18 2012

0 Comments

Taking a Cue From RAN? Democrats Give Bank of America Stadium Another Rename

Seems like no one is happy with the name of Charlotte, NC’s Bank of America Stadium these days. Just two months after we renamed it “Bank of Coal” Stadium to point out that BofA is still the #1 financier of the US coal industry, Democrat Party leaders have dubbed Bank of America Stadium “Panthers Stadium”. [...]

Continue reading...

Today Is the Twitter Storm to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

By Mike G, June 18 2012

0 Comments

Today Is the Twitter Storm to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

Imagine what the world could do with $1 trillion. How many children that money could feed, how much clean water that money could provide to communities that need it, how many homes it could build for people with no place to live. Instead, the governments of the world are handing $1 trillion to the fossil [...]

Continue reading...

Why Everyone Should Be Mad About Today’s Chevron Shareholder Meeting

By Mike G, May 30 2012

0 Comments

Why Everyone Should Be Mad About Today’s Chevron Shareholder Meeting

I’ve been working on the Change Chevron campaign full-time for almost two years now, and I have to say: Today’s Chevron shareholder meeting perfectly encapsulates everything that is deeply wrong with the way the company does business. I’ll elaborate in a second, but first let me say something very clearly: Chevron is racist. Man, feels [...]

Continue reading...

Speaking Truth to the Powers-That-Be at Chevron

By Mike G, May 29 2012

0 Comments

Speaking Truth to the Powers-That-Be at Chevron

This morning, some of the most powerful global voices calling for environmental justice gathered in our office for a press conference to tell the world why they’re attending Chevron’s shareholder meeting tomorrow in San Ramon. Labor and community leaders from Brazil, Ecuador, Nigeria, Angola, California and Texas revealed the true cost of Chevron’s operations in [...]

Continue reading...

Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 4: Australia

By Mike G, May 25 2012

0 Comments

Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 4: Australia

This has been one of the worst years ever for Chevron. From it’s ongoing massive legal losses in Ecuador, to offshore disasters in Brazil and Nigeria, to the tragic deaths of its employees in several locations, including right here in California. This is the fourth in a series of statements we’re posting as we prepare [...]

Continue reading...

Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 3: Richmond, CA

By Mike G, May 24 2012

0 Comments

Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 3: Richmond, CA

This has been one of the worst years ever for Chevron. From it’s ongoing massive legal losses in Ecuador, to offshore disasters in Brazil and Nigeria, to the tragic deaths of its employees in several locations, including right here in California. This is the third in a series of statements we’re posting as we prepare [...]

Continue reading...