DEFORESTATION DUE TO OIL DRILLING
Finding oil on your land used to be called “striking it rich” but for indigenous people in the Amazon living atop oil reserves, it is a nightmare. Oil exploration in the rainforest causes massive deforestation, dangerous toxins to be pumped into the environment and violence.
The money at stake for both oil companies and governments is so vast that human rights and environmental destruction are merely regrettable necessities en route to enormous profits. Yet the indigenous peoples residing on these oil-rich lands rarely reap the benefits. Oil extraction has contaminated what were previously some of the most biodiverse areas in the Amazon Basin, it has been used as an excuse to push indigenous communities off of their ancestral lands, and has made thousands of people gravely ill. Drilling for oil also contributes to increased violence throughout the Amazon Basin.