Equitable Origin with Founder & President David Poritz

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poritz davidWednesday, March 25, 6pm EST:  Mitchell’s guest this evening is a young man whose story was one of two told in the film Oil & Water, David Poritz, about the devastation of large swaths of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, right in the middle of Indian tribal lands inhabited by the indigenous people for generations.  The film was featured on Progressive Film Hour on March 3, on which Mitchell interviewed one of the filmmakers, Francine Strickwerda and the other young man whose story was told in the film, Hugo Lucitante.

At a very young age, David became virtually obsessed with the issues around big oil in the Amazon and then the major, famous Chevron law suit there, for which he volunteered his youthful, though highly diligent services to the legal counsel on behalf of the indigenous tribes against Chevron.  The film tells a remarkable story about David, and he has gone on to create a new way to innovate a “safe, fair-trade certification” for the oil industry called Equitable Origin (http://www.equitableorigin.com).

Both controversial and with impassioned, environmentalist emotions set aside, today’s guest, David Poritz, is creating a novel and really desperately needed protection of indigenously-populated lands through the ranking/rating system of safety and what need to be eco-sensitive practices by the oil industry, just as we have fair-trade certification for coffee, diamonds and other commodities often originating in the highly-exploited “Global South”.

Oil and Water will be the featured film for the matinee showing at the Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival on Sunday, March 29 at 3pm. For more information and tickets, go to: http://abetterworld.tv/a-music-and-film-festival-march-19-29/

For my interview with the filmmaker and the other young star of the film, go to: http://abetterworld.tv/oil-water-the-film-round-table-2/

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