In June 2007, Ecuador’s government made an unprecedented proposal: to leave the oil in the ground in one of the world’s most bio-diverse ecosystems. Why did a nation like Ecuador, whose budget depends more than 60% on oil exports, decide to take such a step, which became internationally known as the “Yasuni-ITT Initiative”?
Yasuní – dos segundos de vida (two seconds of life) presents the complexity of the issues surrounding Ecuador’s unique, and for some, rather controversial, Yasuni-ITT Initiative. Different points of view cast a light, not only on what the government’s proposal is trying to achieve, but on the very the question of oil exploitation altogether.
Some view the Yasuni-ITT Initiative as a way for the government to hold the world for ransom. Others, as a unique opportunity to finally take decisive steps away from oil-dependency. The truth is, that while these issues are discussed in parliaments around the world, the whole of the Amazon is in danger, with its biodiversity, its native peoples, and a legacy of natural riches that could soon be lost to humanity if the first step is not taken to change the course of history. Is this the moment we are all waiting for?
The film is not meant to be a fact-giving documentary about the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, but one of exploration of the issues that are being raised by this project. We have found that the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, from the moment of its conception, has changed and evolved as it matured. And it is still not, we believe, fully developed. The people in government who are working on it, are all still learning how to fit this new model of conservation into their old models (and need) of exploitation and trying to find a way to sell the idea to the world at large.
We have gathered our own set of facts and figures about the Yasuni National Park as well as about Ecuador’s Initiative to keep the oil underground. And we have come to our own conclusions while making this film. But we want you to explore the issues yourself, as they affect more than just a small corner of the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, but also the entire planet and, perhaps, even our survival as a species on Mother Earth.
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