Amazon Communities Develop Innovative Water Solutions After Environmental Devastation

Amazon communities have been hit hard by devastation from Big Oil and other pollution sources. Indigenous people have waged a nearly 20 year battle with Texaco/Chevron over responsibility for the enormous mess that many parts of the rainforest have become. Spurred on by a seemingly endless legal battle, Amazon tribes that have faced cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and other horrors from polluted water are taking an innovative approach to saving their communities.

Four tribes, the Cofan, Siona, Secoya and Quichu, are working on providing safe drinking water for one of the areas hardest hit by the Big Oil -- Ecuador's Lago Agrio. The project they've launched is called ClearWater.

"ClearWater is about building immediate solutions to the environmental and public health crisis gripping the communities of the Ecuadorean Amazon," said Mitch Anderson, international Project Director for ClearWater. "We have a strong international team in place to support the communities of the Amazon in their fight for survival, in their fight for clean water."The crux of the project focuses on using rainwater harvesting and filtration systems.

Check out the video about the project below. 

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at May 24, 2012, 12:01pm

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