The Amazon rainforest along the borders of Ecuador and Peru is the most biodiverse region in the world, yet ever since oil was discovered in the area leading to booms in the 70s and again in the early 2000s, fossil fuel extractivism has led to serious deforestation, extreme weather patterns such as droughts and floods, soil erosion, dust storms, and mass carbon store release . The rainforest is also home to several indigenous tribes, one of which is the Sápara, whose territory is within the Yasuní National Park between the Napo and Pastaza rivers. The Yasuní National Park is also where (notably Chinese) crude oil exploitation occurs in the Ishpino-Tambococha-Tiputini [ITT] oil field. On November 28, 2013, Chinese-owned Andes Petroleum bought oil blocks 74, 79, and 83 in Sápara homelands . Ecuador at the time was in a lot of debt and financially suffering from lowering oil prices . Ecuador produces 540,000 barrels a day of crude oil, its top export. As oil prices fall, the country is seeking loans from Chinese companies to keep its economy afloat . Their contract states that profits from the project, thought to bring high oil prices, are to be split evenly between the Ecuadorian state and Andes Petroleum . Opening up such a vulnerable region to fossil fuel development has led to what is called a cultural genocide of a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity group that is already near extinction with only 560 people left [1, 3]. During this time, the government also imposed a highly controversial carbon offset project in the same area. What makes the dire situation even worse is that the government has been, often violently, repressing any civil society organizations and activists speaking out against oil expansion .The Sápara, along with their neighboring indigenous peoples, have been very against these developments in their territory from the beginning, denouncing them for violating environmental and indigenous rights. These people had been very quickly affected by the consequences of the oil extraction, which caused increased seismic disturbances and water contamination .