The biggest cause of conflict at all levels was the invasion of the big oil company Texaco which became Chevron. They created conflict at the local level with the indigenous tribes of Ecuador, at the national level by the Ecuadorian government getting involved, and at a transnational and global level with the involvement of lawyers, government officials, and company representatives as well as activists and other groups from different countries around the world. On the other hand, there has been the theme of cooperation on different levels as well. It has led to the growth of some significant multinational cooperation’s and also some very powerful national cooperation’s that now monitor the waste of the big oil companies as well as trying to undo and make reparations for some of the damage that has already been done.
Discuss the effects of conflict and cooperation at the local, national, transnational, and global levels surrounding the issues discussed in the film.
Again, the effect of conflict on all levels was how the oil companies Texaco and Chevron damaged the area’s they invaded and how that damage affected the people involved, either directly by causing the local and national health and environmental problems or those that have gotten involved on the global scale. And, once again, on the other side of the coin is the cooperation that has come about since the case was started, including the billions that have been ruled to be paid and the coming together of the many people against the big oil corporation and all of their lawyers and paid officials.
Describe the political behavior, human rights, and environmental justice issues revealed in the film.
The behavior of the politicians involved with allowing Texaco/Chevron to drill and dispose of their waste shows that they were able to manipulated in whatever way was needed to allow the companies in the country. Human rights activists showed they were able to rally a lot of attention to the issue that might not have happened without those activists. Environmental justice is still convoluted due to the many levels that are involved and can be blamed and in many situations including this one is unprecedented.
Berlinger, J. (Director & Producer). (2009). Crude (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Retrieved from https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=65962&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=360&fWidth=660&fHeight=410