SOURCE: Ethos Alliance

Ethos Alliance

November 23, 2009 10:30 ET

Ethos Alliance Finishes National Ecuador Relief Tour in Miami

Non-Profit Seeking Immediate Relief in Chevron/Ecuador Oil Contamination Case Concludes First Leg of Awareness-and-Recruitment Tour

"On the Road for Ethos" Tour Has Already Organized Local Chapters on Over 20 College Campuses -- Next Stop: Ecuador

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2009) - Ethos Alliance today announced it has completed the first leg of its national campaign to provide humanitarian relief to some 30,000 Ecuadorians whose health and quality of life have been gravely compromised by the biggest oil contamination in history. Culminating at the University of Miami, the first leg highlights the fast-growing grassroots movement with over 20 Ethos Alliance college chapters now organized.

"We're very pleased with all the support we've received so far from people who believe it's time to stop arguing and start the critical work of providing humanitarian relief," said Ethos Alliance founder Richie Goldman. "We're working diligently to secure the right partners to help us deliver that relief and continue our momentum."

The Road for Ethos -- a National Tour

From San Francisco to Miami at each tour stop, Ethos Alliance spent time with thousands of college students and professors to raise awareness about its mission, the relief campaign for oil contamination victims in Ecuador, and how students and citizens can make a difference. More information, including text and video updates from each tour stop, can be found at www.ethosalliance.org/30days.

For decades, the Ecuadorians living in and near the Amazon Rainforest have been struggling to survive in an environment ravaged by one of the most aggressive oil expeditions ever. Over the course of nearly 30 years, 17 million gallons of crude oil and 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater were leaked, spilled, and dumped over an area the size of Rhode Island -- severely contaminating both water sources and soil. As the 16-year court battle between Chevron and the 30,000 Ecuadorians continues unabated, the Ecuadorians continue to suffer without sufficient access to clean drinking water or medical care.

Raise Your Hand

Ethos Alliance is working to secure a range of partners to help it fund and execute three potential humanitarian initiatives in Ecuador: 1) provide clean drinking water, and 2) deliver medical care and supplies to thousands of affected Ecuadorians, and 3) restore indigenous tribes' lifestyle by recovering some of their land near the Lago Agrio area. "We're asking individuals to raise their hand and do four things: become Ethos Alliance members by signing up on our website, www.ethosalliance.org; tell at least 10 friends to become members; donate $5.00 -- half of which goes to fund the relief projects, the other half to help spread the word about the issue in Ecuador and Ethos Alliance's mission; and contact us to learn how you can get involved with whatever time you have," added Goldman.

About Ethos Alliance

Founded in August 2009, Ethos Alliance is a new coalition of citizen, civic, and business leaders that acts as a platform of participation to ensure that individuals and corporations abide by their social and ethical responsibilities. Ethos Alliance publicizes one corporate social problem at-a-time so that citizens are fully informed about the problem. The coalition also mobilizes citizen, civic, and business leaders and organizations to work together to identify and achieve a solution to the problem. For more information, visit www.ethosalliance.org.

Contact Information

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