Urgent – Please Take Action – Brazil’s Proposed Belo Monte Dam Damns Amazonian Rainforests and Peoples


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Action Alert: Brazil’s Proposed Belo Monte Dam Damns Amazonian Rainforests and Peoples

The wild and free Xingu River is critical to maintaining intact the Amazon, its peoples, Brazil’s national advancement, and the Earth we share. The Brazilian government continues with plans to build the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest, despite intense and growing domestic and international opposition. The 11.2 billion dollar dam will devastate an extensive area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of tens of thousands of indigenous and traditional peoples who depend on the Xingu River for their livelihoods. It is estimated 500 square kilometers of intact Amazon rainforest land would be flooded by the dam.

By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet – April 25, 2010

NOTE: This is a protest, not a petition, sending emails to many real decision makers on matters vital to the Earth.

The Amazon and Xingu rivers are wild and free
Caption: The campaign draws parallels to James Cameron’s Avatar (pictured right) as indigenous peoples resist rapacious ecological destruction (link)

The Brazilian government continues with plans to build the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest, despite intense and growing domestic and international opposition. The 11.2 billion dollar dam will devastate an extensive area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of tens of thousands of indigenous and traditional peoples who depend on the Xingu River for their livelihoods. It is estimated 500 square kilometers of intact Amazon rainforest land would be flooded by the dam. Last week Brazil awarded the construction contract to Norte Energia, a domestic consortium of companies; and construction of the dam, which would be the world’s third largest, could begin this year.

The Xingu River in northeast Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Belo Monte Dam, meant principally to fuel the expansion of aluminum foundries and other industrial plants in the Amazon, would require diverting nearly the entire flow of the Xingu, drying up the “Big Bend” of the Xingu and its tributary, the Bacajá, home to thousands of indigenous people. Native people upstream would also be affected by the dam´s impacts on fish stocks, their principal food source.

In recent weeks the areas indigenous people, in addition to social movement and environmentalists including Avatar movie director James Cameron, gathered to protest the plans for the Belo Monte dam. Cameron called the dam an ecological disaster and said there were alternatives. Indigenous people have not been adequately consulted about the project and are concerned that their rights will be violated if the project goes forward as planned. The project will directly affect two indigenous reserves along the Big Bend of the Xingu, and will indirectly affect indigenous reserves throughout the Xingu Basin.

The Kayapó leader Raoni Metuktire, who gained international exposure touring the world with Sting, said indigenous men from the Xingu were preparing their bows and arrows in order to fight off the dam. “I think that today the war is about to start once more and the Indians will be forced to kill the white men again so they leave our lands alone,” he said. “I think the white man wants too much, our water, our land. There will be a war so the white man cannot interfere in our lands again.”

The Amazon basin with its intact rainforests and rivers is a critical ecosystem that must remain intact for Brazil’s sustainable advancement and for the Planet to remain habitable. Please tell Brazil´s President Lula and other decision makers in the Brazilian government that you support the position of indigenous peoples of the rainforest – that Brazil has better ways of providing its future energy needs than destroying the mighty Xingu River, its rainforests and its peoples.

Please take a moment of your time to take action by following this link www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=brazil_xingu

3 Responses to “Urgent – Please Take Action – Brazil’s Proposed Belo Monte Dam Damns Amazonian Rainforests and Peoples”

  1. Amazon forest is human herritage, should be therefore treated not as local issue but globaly. We are responsible for the Earth condition we will passa to next generations.

  2. Tierra Chapman says:

    There is more raw power in the Amazon Rainforest than in the proposed Belo Monte Dam – and Brazil wants to cripple this power??? They do do at their own expense as well as the expense of the indigenous plants, animals and people that live there – this will affect the entire world, and in short order. This plan is greedy, short-sighted thinking by those who would implement it; even they, themselves will not be able to escape the backlash from this environmental assault – there won’t be enough money on Earth to repair the damage! NO, to the Belo Monte Dam!!! Yes to the Amazon Rainforests which are the life-breath of ALL on Earth!

  3. admin says:

    This what Save Our Earth is about. We have been educating people on the importance of the Rainforests since 2001 if its not one thing that threatens the rainforests its another from the felling of the trees for wood, then the cattle, then came palm oil, then came minerals and gold and now a dam. There is a saying only something worth while is worth fighting for and the Rainforests is that something and without them we will no longer survive, they are more important to us then most people realise. We all have to fight for them, it cannot be one person or one group and everyone then shouts why didn’t we know about how important they were when its too late, each and every one of us must do whatever we can NOW.

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