Tropic (http://www.destinationecuador.com/), Ecuador’s leading purveyor of extraordinary experiences, is pleased to announce that a man instrumental in helping to sustain the quality of life of people in the remote Amazon rainforest has provided some of his words and wisdom to a soon-to-be-released book, Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet, in stores on Oct. 31, 2014.
“Among the 365 voices providing valuable insight, wisdom and inspiration for our times is Moi Enomenga, an elder of the Huaorani people who live in the Amazon forest of Ecuador,” said Jascivan Carvalho, Tropic’s owner. “He has been and continues to be instrumental in helping his people work with Tropic, a company based in Quito that is implementing a vision with the Huaorani to help them sustain their ancestral ways – even in the face of the incursion of oil interests on their tribal lands.”
Says Moi Enomenga: “My father was a man who could see the future. He told me that things would not be easy for us, that the strangers would destroy the forest with their machines. So I learned from him and that is why I have been working for so many years to find a way to keep our communities, our Huaorani people, together. Here we have many problems with oil companies and the pollution they cause, as well as the impacts they have on our traditional way of life here in the Amazon forest.
“People say the forest will dry up and the world will collapse if we don’t change the way we live. Here we don’t have what other people in the world have. We don’t have televisions or internet or cars, and if the cost of having them is that the world –our world – disappears, then we ask ourselves, ‘What good are they?’ We think people can live more simply and peacefully if they want, but we don’t know if they want to. “
In the format of a daily reader, Global Chorus is a groundbreaking collection of over 365 perspectives on our environmental future, reflecting a trove of insight, guidance, passion and wisdom that have poured in from all over the planet. Contributors to Global Chorus have provided one-page responses to the following line of questioning: “Do you think that humanity can find a way past the current global environmental and social crises? Will we be able to create the conditions necessary for our own survival, as well as that of other species on the planet? What would these conditions look like? In summary, then, and in the plainest of terms, do we have hope, and can we do it?”
Proceeds from the sales of Global Chorus will be distributed to a select group of organizations helping to recover, protect and sustain life on Earth: The Jane Goodall Institute, The David Suzuki Foundation and The Canadian Red Cross.
As a freelance journalist and writer, Editor-in-Chief Todd MacLean has been an environmental columnist on CBC Radio, a commentator on CBC TV, and a weekly columnist in Prince Edward Island’s The Guardian newspaper. As a busy award-winning musician as well, he lives and works in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Just a few notables among the long list of stellar contributors to the project are Vivienne Westwood, Buffy Sainte–Marie, Alex Shoumatoff and Farley Mowat. For a list of contributors please see http://globalchorus.ca/about-the-project/
For more information on this project please contact Todd E. MacLean, Editor-in-Chief, Global Chorus, at [email protected]. The website is www.globalchorus.com. MacLean and his wife, SavannahBelsher-MacLean, are conducting a book tour beginning in early November. For tour details please see http://eepurl.com/4Abr9.