The Chernobyl of the Amazon Rainforest – How Chevron Committed Ecocide | Steven Donziger
In this episode of The Source our journalist Mette Mølgaard interviews Steven Donziger, one of the environmental lawyers who won a historic lawsuit against Chevron in 2011 for a massive oil spill on behalf of indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We talk about the case and about the consequences it has had for Steven Donziger to take part in this lawsuit. We also discuss the term “ecocide” and why the oil spill has been characterised as the “Amazonian Chernobyl”.
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Steven Donziger is an advocate, writer, and public speaker on human rights and corporate accountability. Based in New York City, he is known for leading the international legal team that won a historic $9.5b judgement against Chevron on behalf of Indigenous peoples and rural farmers in Ecuador.
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Oil pollutes Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest (Picture: http://thepeoplesrecord.com)
Crude oil in an open toxic oil waste pit abandoned by Chevron in the Ecuadorean Amazon Rainforest near Lago Agrio. Source: Creative Commons / Flickr – Caroline Bennett / Rainforest Action Network