Photo: Bo Derek saving Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.
Bo Derek is in New York for the UN General Assembly gathering to ask for international support in saving Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.
Actress Bo Derek is trying to raise a hundred million dollars by the end of the year to support conservation of the Yasuní National Park in Ecuador.
Yasuní National Park was one of the few places in the world that did not freeze during the last ice-age, turning into a haven for thousands of species of amphibians, birds, mammals and flora, that eventually repopulated the Amazon.
The immense reserves of oil underneath the national park are the reason why Yasuní is in danger; Being that Ecuador earns more than half of its export revenue from crude oil, making it the country’s primary source of income, there is intense pressure to drill inYasuní.
President Rafael Correa came up with a plan to save Yasuní in In 2006, when the Yasuní oil fields were yielding an estimated $7.2 billion in profit.
Correa proposed that if the international community donated $3.6 billion, Ecuador would match the investment, and Yasuní would remain untouched.
Bo Derek’s efforts seek to raise 100 million by the end of the year; the actress will be at the United Nations this Evening where she’ll be speaking to President Rafael Correa and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a fund raiser for the conservation initiative.