My name is Leonor Fuguet. I was born in Venezuela 60 years ago and for 40 years I have been one of its hardcore environmentalists and its only ecological singercomposer, with the complexities to be so in an oil producing country with the largest oil reserves on Earth and I apply all I know as a Biologist, Psychologist, Facilitator and Musician to protect her.
I am totally convinced of the power of dreams and believing in those dreams for them to come true, and it is about a dream I have that I write to you. When I was a facilitador in strategic planning I used to train groups on visioning as a tool for achieving personal and organizacional goals, and since I walk my talk, and I have visioned with my mind and imagination and have decred with my words many things which have come trae.
As an environmentalist I dreamt of rescuing from destruction the last pristine watershed in all the Americas, which is in Venezuela, called Caura river´s watershed, which became under a huge menace by ilegal gold and diamond mining about 10 years ago and, a me, along with a small bunch of Quixote activists, dreamt of, decided to, turn i tinto a National Park and I made of that my main fight as activist and wrote a song for that fight and in its choir I say: “Parque Caura te llamamos desde hoy” which in english is: “Caura Park we call you from today on” and when my fellow activists I fought with for thay cause heard me singing it asked me why I said it in present tense, and also asked me what if we didn´t make it, and I repplied to them: this is a decree, and we will, we have to, make it come true, and every time I sang the song all these years I saw and felt inside of myself it was a
park already. You may see me singing the song in the middle of Caura River, surrounded by its tropical forest beautiful biodiversity, in the company of indigenous peoples who have lived there several thousand years by visiting: YOUTUBE PARQUE CAURA LEONOR FUGUET. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTFf1mg2s3w
We did all we could to deal fight against and confront, all the enemies, sice there were many interested in stopping us, but last
March, against all dds, Venezuela´s President signed the creation of Caura National Park, which is the largest Tropical Forest National Park in the World, with its 7.532.952 Hectares, 75.329 Square Kilometers, and the second largest of all National Parks, in an extractivist country, which has the largest oil proved reserve in the planet as has the third certified gold and diamond reserves and also has a lot of coltan and other minerals, all the oil, gold, Diamond, coltan, under the surface or the Park will never be extracted, and the millions of trees over its surface will never be cut down, so it is now the largest protected carbon sink and the largest protected oxigen provider on Earth and thanks to this decision Venezuela is now leading the fight against global warming. So that dream came true!
And now I have another dream: I dream of going this comming April to Greece, to take part in the OlympIic Seed Festival, an I already see myself explaining to you how it is that an extractivist oil and gold producing country which still depend almosy only on that came about to protect 8% of its territory by deciding not to touch all those minerals, see myself also explaining to you what is really happening in my country regarding our Bolivarian Revolution which the media (newspapers, tv news) owned by corporations lie you and every one about, I see myself telling you how it is that our government´s action plan has 5 goals to achieve and that the 5th one literally is: “To contribute with the preservation of life in the planet and to rescue the human species from destruction” and how, in compliance with that goal, we environmentalists designed, and got approved by Venezuela´s National Assembly (equivalent to Congress) a Seed Law which totallly forbids the use of trasgenic seeds and the application of patents to seeds, and, as current leader of Venezuela´s Environmentalist Revolutionary Movement, I see myself sharing with activists from other countries, stablishing alliances, connecting with you and many other, because only together we will be able to face the huge economical and political interests which jeopardize life on Earth.
And I also see and hear myself singing to you my song for Caura Park, the one against Monsanto, the other one against global warming, and many other to protect mother Earth. But, as I could not get Caura river´s watershed to become a Park on my own and had a team I worked with until we achieved our goal, I cannot go to Greece on my own, since, as a full time activist (and as such I receive no money from no one) I do not have the means to pay the plane ticket Caracas-Thessalonica-Caracas and I wonder if you, some of you, could team up with me, and with Panagiotis, who recommended to me to share
my dream to go to Greece with you all, to reach this goal together!!
Leonor ‘s ticket has been purchased from Peliti.
Any financial aid for the support is welcome.
IBAN: GR10 0171 1960 0061 9804 0030 332
Beneficiary: Alternative Community Peliti
Looking forward to welcome you all at the 2nd Olympic Festival & 18th Seeds Festival of Peliti