Posts By Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson - who has written 7 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Mitch Anderson is a writer and activist currently living in a small oil town in the northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon. To read more of his writing from the region go to JungleDispatch.com.

Beautiful Resistance at Rio+20

By Mitch Anderson, June 19 2012

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Beautiful Resistance at Rio+20

Nearly 1500 people used Rio’s Flamengo Beach as a canvas today, their bodies forming the lines of an enormous image promoting the importance of free-running rivers, clean energy sources like solar power and including indigenous knowledge as part of the solution to climate issues. Giant text below the image read, “Rios para a vida” (“Rivers [...]

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PhotoEssay: Ruin and resistance on the Xingu River

By Mitch Anderson, June 14 2012

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PhotoEssay: Ruin and resistance on the Xingu River

The fabled Xingu River, with its dark blue waters and unusual rock formations, is a 1230 mile long river in the north of Brazil and one of the principal tributaries of the mighty Amazon river. Here in the lower Xingu, on a 80 kilometer bend through the ancestral territory of several indigenous tribes, the Brazilian [...]

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Driving the Company Off an $18bn Cliff: Ecuadoreans In Europe Highlight Chevron Management’s Misguided Litigation Strategy

By Mitch Anderson, April 19 2012

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Driving the Company Off an $18bn Cliff: Ecuadoreans In Europe Highlight Chevron Management’s Misguided Litigation Strategy

Ecuadorean indigenous leaders Humberto Piaguaje and Guillermo Grefa began a one week European tour today. They will be educating major institutional investors in Chevron Corporation, including prestigious funds such as the Church of England Investment Fund and the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, about the oil giant’s grim environmental and human rights legacy [...]

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The Trial and the Road to Justice

By Mitch Anderson, March 30 2012

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The Trial and the Road to Justice

The courthouse stands four stories high along the main drag of Lago Agrio. Like all other buildings in the town, the weather has gotten the best of it. It is tropically dilapidated. The colors, off-white with yellow trim, are ruined. The cement shows signs of crumbling, and from up close the black mold appears to [...]

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A Day In Rumipamba

By Mitch Anderson, March 15 2012

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A Day In Rumipamba

We brought some Chinese journalists out to Rumipamba yesterday, a Quichua village spread along a recently paved road in the Auca Sur oil field. The journalists were looking for the tabloid version of what happened here, and Rumipamba is a gold mine in that regard. There was an oil spill in Rumipamba back in 1976 [...]

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Life Among Cacao Fields And Oil Contamination

By Mitch Anderson, March 7 2012

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Life Among Cacao Fields And Oil Contamination

…a local man named Donald Moncayo showed me around. Wearing white surgical gloves, he dug up a fistful of black mud and held it so that the sunlight caught the telltale blue-orange tint of petroleum. At one fetid pit in a jungle glade, he stepped gingerly onto the surface of the pool, where the solid [...]

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Dignity Incarnate: Emergildo Criollo And The Ecuadoreans Standing Up To Chevron

By Mitch Anderson, March 2 2012

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Dignity Incarnate: Emergildo Criollo And The Ecuadoreans Standing Up To Chevron

This morning I accompanied Emergildo Criollo, leader of the Cofan people, from his home in the dusty outskirts of Lago Agrio (the oil camp turned boom town that Texaco founded) to a press conference in Quito regarding a ruling issued late yesterday afternoon by the appellate court in Sucumbios rejecting Chevron’s latest attempt to block [...]

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