The Yasuni-ITT Initiative is Ecuador’s unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change. In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. ‘A Wild Idea’ takes the viewer to the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest’s stunning biodiversity. It also focuses on the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath the land. A Wild Idea shows how the seemingly utopian ideal of keeping valuable oil underground turned into an official proposal – and the audience sees what’s at stake if the proposal is not accepted.
A Wild Idea is a thought provoking film that explores the complexity of oil development within a fragile ecosystem, its local and global implications, and its effects on the planet as a whole.