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By Tamara Diane Egans

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American resource consumption affects other countries. The social and ecological effects of this consumption comprise our “ecological shadow”. International declarations, to which the U.S.A. is a party, clearly link environmental conditions to basic human rights. Therefore, environmental degradation caused by the American ecological shadow merits ethical consideration on the basis of human rights issues. American oil companies have operated in Ecuador for 30 years and American oil consumption constitutes the greatest share of our involvement in Ecuador. Ecuadorian law and international declarations constitute a legal framework under which American companies operate. American companies should respect these laws and treaties and incorporate human rights and environmental declaration principles into their Ecuadorian operations. In order to reduce the negative impacts of their ecological shadow, American companies should adhere to Ecuadorian law, seek cooperative participation with affected parties including informed consent, create codes of conduct, adhere to technological an

Year: 2002
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