Make a splash in the New Year with SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras
Make a splash in the New Year. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2017 dear friends, with the positive energy of the Pink Dolphin and the Amazon Rainforest!
In 2017, SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras (SVSF) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary as an NGO, founded in Ecuador and The Netherlands. Our main objective is to do all that is required to preserve the Amazon Rainforest, the Amazon River basin and the indigenous Nationalities who have inhabited this universally significant eco-system over many centuries. SVSF also actively supports similar efforts of our sister organizations.
In general, I am very pleased that our principal sustainable development projects have proven to be successful, especially in the program areas of emergency health care & food aid, reforestation & protection of ancestral land, community empowerment, oil monitoring and Human Rights.
Within this context, we are very grateful to our national and international sponsors and partners, who have placed their trust in us by supporting and financing our activities. Similarly, I am proud of our field operatives who have dedicated many years of their lives in ensuring that development aid is channelled directly to the indigenous communities and that results are concrete and comply with institutional principles and objectives.
This is not an easy task given the challenges imposed by the Rainforest, compounded by the dangers implicit in areas of conflict – the north eastern Putumayo region bordering Colombia in particular- that forms part of SVSF’s program area in the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana. In certain cases this has left scars but in no way have they undermined our commitment, which remains as firm as ever.
On the other hand, I believe that all environmentally and socially conscious human beings have reason to be extremely concerned and troubled with global developments as 2017 approaches. The wave of a malignant strain of nationalist populism spreading through many geographical regions, unprecedented since the 1930’s, suggests that climate change and Human Rights will be placed on the back burner of their political and economic/business agendas.
Maybe history is cyclical! I find it inconceivable that politicians ignore the alarming rise in our planet’s temperatures due to CO2 emissions caused by human activities, the meltdown of the Arctic and Antarctic, the loss of snow and ice from the Andes to the Himalayas, deforestation and habitat loss, that 85,000 animals are now on a red list, of which 25,000 are critically endangered and that by 2020, it is plausible that we will have lost two thirds of all wild life. Are we indifferent to the fact that mortality rates in several Amazon Nationalities exceed 90% over the past thirty years, or to the barbaric atrocities taking place in Aleppo? The words of US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, should ring in our ears: Is their literally nothing that can shame you?
We have sufficient scientific evidence to understand the dire consequences that these populist policies will have for the planet, the seas, nature and our lives. Today, more than ever, our voices have to be heard, our actions seen, and the protection of Nature and Human Rights pushed to the forefront and, if necessary, imposed upon insensitive and incoherent politicians.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017