|Panel of speakers listen to Greg Ch'oc|
The participants decide to collaboratively write a declaration. A document is projected to the front of the room and the audience take turns to contribute to its content. Phrasing is debated and the use of single words questioned before finally agreed. The resulting People’s Position Paper outlines the concerns of the Indigenous Peoples and states how they intend to proceed.
|Santa Theresa's Mario Chub states the People's Position|
|Amandala Page 3, the widest read newspaper in Belize, 11/03/2011|
For the Mayan people whose lives are built upon lands that are an oil hot spot, extraction has irreversible social and cultural implications. For it to go ahead, they will have to sacrifice huge areas of their traditional land. Land where generations of their people have felled trees for buildings, hunted for food and sought natural medicines. The erosion of their culture will be inevitable as machines, foreigners, industrial infrastructure and pollution are brought into their rural villages. Should there be any of the inevitable mistakes and mishaps that are so common in oil extraction projects across the world, the consequences would be of catastrophic proportion.