The Flying Greenmail Tour
Ecuador asks for $3.6bn not to drill for oil in rainforest
In exchange for not drilling for the fossil fuel in a 200,000-hectare area of Yasuni national park, the government is asking rich nations, foundations and individuals to give it $3.6 billion (£2.3bn).
Ecuadorean officials are flying around the world this month - including trips to Japan, Germany and the United Nations - meeting with prospective contributors to drum up support.
Good idea that flying round the world to save CO2 emissions...If I promise not to drill for oil in my back garden will you stump up a million or so?