Earlier this year, the Waorani People of Pastaza — who have lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest for generations — won a case to save their land. But this was just one battle, and the war against the oil companies that seek to take it away is yet to be won.
Standing In Solidarity
To ensure the Waorani People’s victory isn’t overturned, the indigenous tribe is asking for support from the modern world, via the most modern form of communication — selfies.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio shared a video made by the Waorani People and NGO Amazon Frontlines. He urged his more than 32 million Instagram followers to stand with the tribe by taking selfies to express their support and signing a petition.
He captioned the post, “the government of Ecuador is still trying to auction off the ancestral lands of the Waorani for oil drilling. Link in bio to sign the petition and protect the Amazon.”