July 26, 2011 Leonardo Wild ‘Yasuni – Two Seconds of Life’

July 26, 2011 Guest Leonardo Wild A novelist and scriptwriter, Leonardo is a man of many “professions,” among them wooden-house designer, sailor, inventor, scientist, corporate image consultant. In 2007, he was privately asked by one of the advisors to the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, on how to present the Yasuni-ITT Initiative to the world. This triggered his interest in the dilemma: to leave the oil underground, or to extract it endangering whole ecosystems. And he realized that, in order for the news of the project to be spread, there had to be an independent account of it with no vested interests except to tell the story from many different viewpoints. This led him to look for no-strings-attached funding for the film, and a crew ready to be part of the project simply because of the importance of the subject matter. He speaks Spanish, English and German. With over 41 scripts produced (short films, TV spots, documentaries), this is his second feature-length documentary.

Yasuní – two seconds of life is about Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa’s unique suggestion to leave the oil found in Yasuní national park „in the ground“ and protect the rainforest. In return, the industrialized countries are expected to make a contribution to the preservation of the planet’s „green lungs“: in fact half of the price Ecuador would receive for the oil. This money will then be used to finance sustainable energy projects, for the protection of the rainforest which holds the world’s greatest bio-diversity as well as for the indigenous peoples living in the Yasuní-ITT block.

The documentary sheds light on this exceptional offer to the world community and lets every party involved have a say, be it politicians, scientists, representatives of oil companies or indigenous people. This extensive, partly disturbing picture is rounded out by a musical journey through Ecuador.

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