¡Fiesta! is a callout to come together in support of our most biodiverse treasure, the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andean Cloud forests and all the indigenous communities who depend on them. These forests and the communities they sustain are threatened by mining concessions awarded to many Australian-owned corporations.
Funds from this event will be used in Rainforest Actions Group’s campaign to protect these forests!
Miss Colombia is very proud to support this action group. Miss Colombia will be on at 9:30pm.
The Rainforest Action Group (Melbourne) undertakes research, education, advocacy work, and non-violent direct action to halt the massive expansion of mining in Ecuador. We are committed to securing the earth's ecological future and a sustainable and equitable society through supporting indigenous self-determination and alliances between indigenous organisations in Australia and abroad.
Our current campaign focus is halting the massive expansion of mining, oil and gas production in Ecuador.
One of the big projects that this gig will help support is the completion of the film Marrow of the Mountain - a documentary on the impact to local communities of expanding large-scale mining in northwest of Ecuador, with a focus on the unique Choco Rainforest and the impacts of mining on women. marrowofthemountain.com Other projects that the funds from this gig will support are:
Ongoing watchdog reports on Australian mining companies and their activities
Bringing an Indigenous leader from Ecuador to the International People’s Conference on Mining in Thailand end 2019/beginning of 2020, plus assisting some of the MRAG team to attend and work with other anti-mining activists on bigger campaigns/info sharing
Taking an Aboriginal representative from Australia to Ecuador in 2020 to build solidarity with Indigenous groups there facing similar challenges with extractive industries and issues around rights of nature and land ownership
Developing a body that investigates the impacts of rare earths in renewable energies and calling for corporate accountability and responsibility
Plus general admin costs and translation fees!
To learn more about Rainforest Action Groups campaign see their website https://rainforestactiongroup.org/