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Invitation to Build a New Civilization

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By Oilwatch

The 20th century was the century of poisoning and the massive death of people and life on the planet. This poisoning is the product not only of the waste produced during the extraction of crude oil, its spills on land and sea and its acidification from the rains.

Never before have the limits of the current development model based on hydrocarbons been so clear and close.

Never as now has the relationship between oil and the power networks that control the world been better understood, nor have the relationship between oil and the main disasters that affect humanity been so evident.


After the worst wars of the last century and the one that begins,
After the economic waste of industries and financial resources,
After the instability and impoverishment of many nations,
After countless coups, dictatorships and manipulation of democracies,
After the secular subjugation of the workers,
After the international financial debt of the last thirty years,
After the riskiest chemical industries,
Following the relentless extinction of countless indigenous peoples,
After the pollution of the world's fresh water, the water of the seven seas and the air of cities,
After the destruction of numerous forests,
After the accumulation of huge amounts of chemical and plastic waste,
Following climate change, which includes increasingly dangerous cyclones, floods and hurricanes,
After the appearance and massification of numerous degenerative diseases,
And, therefore, after the extinction of life on the planet and as the main cause of human deaths in the world,
There is the oil.

The 20th century was the century of poisoning and the massive death of people and life on the planet. This poisoning is the product not only of the waste produced during the extraction of crude oil, its spills on land and sea and its acidification from the rains.

They are also a consequence of agrochemicals, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), fuels, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, drugs, hospital waste and other compounds that are produced from oil and that are discharged and accumulated on the planet ... and they are killing the Earth.

A society was built that based its development and accumulation on the addiction to oil and gave rise to it literally invades the fields, minds, aesthetics, streets, air, seas.

In the twentieth century, the worst threats to the sovereignty of nations and peoples have come from wars and intrigues for oil. For the great empires define their main forms of economic and military power around the possibility of having black gold on their own soil, or of achieving secure access to it in other regions.


The 20th century emerged as the era of the supreme power of transnational corporations, where pressure, manipulation and corruption also pushed the renunciation of national sovereignties. For this reason, one of the most daring steps of the southern nations was the constitution of the Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC).

The 20th century has built a culture based on a harmful and addictive pattern of energy and material consumption from its oil industrial base, which has degeneratively sickened hundreds of millions of people, while confronting and exterminating thousands of traditional cultures, customs and customs. healthy and ecological. Only a few accounts have managed to survive, in an increasingly isolated, impoverished and defenseless way.

For the South of the world, the oil model meant perpetuating unequal exchange, technological dependence, indebtedness, and impoverishment.

As a consequence, the ecological debt of the North to the South, which began with the conquest, increased.

And while this was happening, we have agreed to suffer each of these attacks separately. Or worse still, pitted against each other: as inhabitants of one country at war with another, as oil workers against indigenous communities, as peoples of the north and south, as impoverished in the cities against indigenous people and peasants, as consumption patients against pacifists , such as those who propose against those who criticize ... and so on.

Looking at each fight from a distance, it is difficult not to look at the deep connection that each one of them has with each other.

The defense of health and food, the fight for healthy energy sources, for a sustainable and sovereign agriculture, the fight for decontamination and against global warming, the search for a green chemistry associated with a new materials policy, the The fight against transnational companies that expropriate natural resources and the sustainable use of our nations, the fight for national sovereignty and for peace in the world ... depends to a great extent on whether we are able to corner the oil industry and the civilization that sustains it.

The crisis of the oil civilization has already reached its peak. But the way out of this crisis is not underway. On the contrary, its exit is delayed while the most decadent features of the crisis are highlighted in an increasingly lethal way.

Meanwhile, it is evident that the transition to a new civilization requires the creation of technical, scientific, environmental and cultural alternatives that are not completely evident. As well as new, very complex appropriate macroeconomic, financial, political and cultural mechanisms that allow the reconstruction of peace and equity among the peoples, recover the health of all and restore the environment, renegotiate the international financial debt and compensate the looting of the countries of the south, ensure justice and true democracy everywhere.

It is not enough then, the transition to alternative energies, surely in the hands of the transnationals, but the transition to another type of society.

For us, the struggle of the peasant, fishing and indigenous communities, who fight a frontal battle against globalization and neoliberalism, by defending their right to live on their lands, with autonomy, without physical, cultural, environmental aggressions, putting themselves at the The margin of even those considered "symbols of progress" shows us a clear path. But it is necessary to listen to each other, to be able to think of solutions that consider everyone's problems globally.

What are the organizations and networks that we can initiate a positive collaboration in a fight against the oil civilization? What are the most important local and global movements that we cannot ignore in our endeavor? What international agreements and agendas could we best take advantage of in this process? What are the new initiatives that we could and should invent?

To respond to these and other needs, Oilwatch invites friendly networks to initiate a dialogue to unite our struggles and launch a World Campaign against the oil civilization.

We invite you to share your opinions, reflections and ideas that clarify this concept, and so that we can build a path together, so we can establish coordinated work strategies and a common campaign, where we can see each of the struggles that we carry separately today reflected. and where each and every one of our battles takes on a new dimension. www.EcoPortal.net

* Oilwatch is an international network of environmental organizations, human rights and local communities, which supports resistance to oil and gas exploitation activities in the tropics and denounces its local and global impacts from a perspective of countries of the South. www.oilwatch.org.ec


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