Over the course of twenty-six years of oil drilling in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, U.S. oil giant Chevron deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. The tragedy in Ecuador is so profound, it has been compared to the Exxon Valdez spill and called the “Amazon’s Chernobyl.”
Despite of the tremendous suffering caused by this toxic pollution, Chevron has refused to clean up the catastrophe.
Sign this petition to Chevron CEO John Watson and tell him he needs to clean up his company's toxic legacy in Ecuador.
- Chevron CEO
Climate change and the environmental and human rights impacts of Chevron's operations are the two issues that will define your tenure at the helm of one of the world’s largest oil companies. But Chevron has fallen behind other businesses and the many political leaders who already taking a leadership position on climate change.
Furthermore, your company is drawing increasing criticism for failing to rectify its massive human rights and environmental disaster in Ecuador. Taking the following steps will demonstrate a true commitment to environmental responsibility and respect for human rights – which will only strengthen your company's future.
We the undersigned call on Chevron CEO John Watson to:
• Clean up Chevron’s toxic legacy in Ecuador, compensate affected communities for health and environmental impacts, and provide affected people real access to health care and potable water.
• Develop a global environment and human rights policy that will prevent similar tragedies in the future.
• Adopt aggressive strategies to provide clean energy to a carbon-constrained world.
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