Many of the areas being opened to mining are home to indigenous tribes. They stand to lose both their ancestral homelands & their way of life
of mining concessions in Ecuador have been purchased by Australian and Canadian companies. Mining is increasingly militarised, with local soldiers and police guarding private mines
of all Australian mining concessions are owned by Solgold and its subsidiaries
WHAT IS THE RAINFOREST ACTION GROUP?
The Rainforest Action Group (Melbourne) undertakes research, education, advocacy work, and non-violent direct action to protect rainforests worldwide. We are committed to securing the earth's ecological future and a sustainable and equitable society. Our current campaign focus is halting the massive expansion of mining, oil and gas production in Ecuador. In addition, MRAG also examines the role of governments and their various trade agencies, and international institutions like the World Bank, in facilitating the wanton destruction of rainforests across the globe.
We are committed to a process of decolonization and peaceful coexistence between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, communities and nations through creative co-resistance to colonialism and its manifestations of patriarchy, capitalism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, western privilege and corporate hegemony. Supporting indigenous self-determination and building alliances between indigenous organisations in Australia and abroad is a key aim.
The Rainforest Action Group actively supports the Caminantes Collective - a collective of thousands of Ecuadorians representing the entire nation and the Indigenous and Campesino communities that form its soul. The Caminantes Collective includes DECOIN, CEDHU, ECUARUNARI, CONAIE, CASCOMI and many more tribal confederations, Campesinos and environment groups.