From our friends at RAN. More info is available here.
Yesterday marked a historic day for corporate accountability. A judge in Ecuador found Chevron guilty of massive oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest and ordered the company to pay over $8 billion to clean it up.
The verdict is the culmination of an 18-year struggle by the Indigenous and rural Ecuadoreans — the real heroes of this epic fight — who first sued Chevron to force the company to clean up its oily mess back in 1993. The battle is won, but the war for corporate accountability is far from over.
Chevron has vowed to appeal the decision, and it’s all too clear that the company intends to never pay for its oil pollution in the Amazon. Tell Chevron CEO John Watson that enough is enough – Chevron needs to clean up Ecuador NOW.
For 18 years the Ecuadorean plaintiffs have withstood the impacts of Chevron’s pollution in the Amazon, as well as an unprecedented PR and legal campaign aimed at discrediting them and minimizing the extent of the damage that’s been done to their health and livelihoods. The evidence of the company’s guilt is overwhelming. It’s time for Chevron to take responsibility for its mess.
John Watson needs to do the right thing and pledge to clean up the Ecuadorean Amazon by complying with the judgment in Ecuador. Some 1,400 people have already died as a result of Chevron refusing to take responsibility, and 30,000 more are at risk. The people living with Chevron’s pollution can’t wait while the company launches another PR campaign and attempts even more dirty tricks and shady legal maneuvers to try and evade its responsibility.
Stand up for the people of Ecuador, for human rights, and for corporate accountability: Tell Chevron CEO John Watson to stop stalling and clean up Ecuador NOW.
|For a cleaner future,|
|Ginger, Maria, Linda, and Mike