Yasuní- Two Seconds of Life

     |    Thursday, der 7. November 2013

“From a humanistic point of view, if the Amazon is internationalized, we should also internationalize oil reserves around the world”. This is the first thing that came to my mind after watching the documentary YASUNÍ- TWO SECONDS OF LIFE; it is just one of the statements made by Brazil’s Education Minister Cristovão Chico Buarque that broadcast around the globe during a debate about the internationalization of the Amazon Forest. The Amazon’s natural resources are being drastically exploited by southern and northern countries, especially oil.

Some governments, like Ecuador’s, see oil as the only option for the economic development of the country. Therefore, in 2007, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa presented the Yasuní-ITT initiative, where he committed to preserving the oil reserves of the Yasuni National Park, in the Ecuadorian Amazon forest in exchange for 50% of the value of the exploited crude from the international community. Then, that money would be invested in the preservation of the “green lung of the planet”.

YASUNÍ, a documentary by Leonardo Wild, supports this initiative, spreading the word  around the world with the goal of saving the Amazon rainforest. The film explores the issue in depth and approaches the different sides involved. It is also a living portrait of the deepest roots of Ecuadorian culture and features an exceptional soundtrack that expertly combines silence with the murmuring of the jungle and breathtaking music. But the strength of the documentary does not only reside in the film-making, but in some of the overwhelming heroes who, conscious about what fate holds for them, deliver devastating words of wisdom; “And this forest is not only for my country, but for the entire world”.

In 2013, Correa’s government ended the Yasuní-ITT initiative, and approved  oil exploitation of 0,1% of the forest.

Clara Rodríguez A.