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15 november 2000

u'wa indians sing to save climate!

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Friday 17th, 5pm onwards

The West's search for new sources of oil is damaging the climate. It is also killing native peoples. Friends of the Earth and Oilwatch will be taking part in a vigil march and protest this Friday evening to support the U'wa people and Columbia and other tribal peoples in opposition to oil drilling on their ancestral land.

As part of the vigil, U'wa representatives will be singing their traditional songs to make the spirits make a success of the climate conference. The event with candles starts at 6 pm at the main entrance to the International Courts of Justice ("Peace Palace"), and continues at 6:30 with a march to the COP6 centre.

The U'wa are engaged in a major struggle with US oil giant Occidental Oil, which wants to extract 150 million tons of oil from their land. "If we stop this disgraceful project, we will save far more carbon than our Government is willing to do. We will protect our lands and people and protect the climate at the same time" say the representatives of the U'wa.

Speakers include:

  • representatives of U'wa and Mesquito tribal people
  • ricardo Navarro, chair of Friends of the Earth International
  • Tatiana Roa, Friends of the Earth Colombia

PLEASE NOTE: A photo-call will be organised from 5 pm in front of the Peace Palace. Live transmission radio interviews with U'wa people can be arranged via mobile phone number (Tel: +420-604-207305).

For further infomation please contact:

Jan Beranek (Hnuti DUHA -FOE CZ) Tel: +420-604-207305 (mobile)

Ivonne JanÈz (FOE Ecuador) Tel: 06 20 787254 (mobile)

Ian Willmore (FOEI) Tel: 00 44 7887 641344 (mobile)



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