Today we announced that we are reaching out to Matt Damon to help Ecuadorian victims of oil pollution. The campaign, called “Matt Damon 2012” is kicked off with a video of local kids making a plea to the Oscar winner by re-enacting some of his most popular roles.
The campaign will include additional short videos asking for Damon’s help and actions people can take in their everyday lives to make the world a better place.
If successful, Do-Gooder hopes Mr. Damon will help bring attention to the plight of indigenous Ecuadorian people whose environment has been destroyed by decades of toxic waste dumping by oil companies.
If Mr. Damon responds, Do-Gooder would like to work with him to:
- Come to Ecuador to view the devastation, meet the affected locals, and raise awareness of the need for clean water.
- Appear in a brief promotional video to help raise funding for rainwater catchment systems in Ecuador.
- Autograph Do-Gooder items and/or pieces of Matt Damon memorabilia to be auctioned off to fund rainwater catchment systems via Groundwork Opportunities and GiveClearWater.org.
About the Pollution
From 1964 to 1992, Texaco drilled for oil in Ecuador, dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian rainforest. The pollution has contributed to drastic increases of cancer rates, miscarriages, and poisoned farmlands and water supplies. A clean up effort was made in the mid-90s but ultimately failed. In 2001, Chevron, aware of the environmental debt, bought Texaco and has refused to settle that debt despite being found guilty in both Ecuadorian and U.S. courts.
To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tony Cruz, Co-Founder, at (415) 236-0818.