August 25, 2011
On the banks of the Xingu River in Brazil, construction crews have begun arriving to work on the Belo Monte Dam, which will cause extensive devastation to Amazon biodiversity, and its people. Indigenous leaders like Sheyla Juruna, bravely rally the people, for their very survival. As Atossa Soltani, Executive Director at Amazon Watch has succinctly spoken, this is truly one of the defining environmental battles of our time.
“President Dilma Rousseff has so far refused to hear that Brazil can avoid senseless destruction of forests and communities in the Amazon by choosing green energy alternatives like solar, wind and energy efficiency. But how long can she ignore the growing chorus of indigenous people, scientists, and even the ex-head of Brazil’s Electric Energy Agency urging Brazil to opt for alternatives to the Belo Monte Dam?” ~ Atossa Soltani
The construction of this destructive mega-dam, which will devastate the already fragile Amazon basin, can not be allowed to continue. Please click here to be redirected to amazonwatch.org. Support the demands of Brazilian civil society. Defend the Amazon, its people and stop the Belo Monte Dam Complex. There will also be a video on the support page with scenes from a historic indigenous gathering held in the Kayapó village, Amazonian state of Mato Grosso. The assembly was called to discuss the impending human rights and environmental disaster, the Belo Monte Dam, on the Lower Xingu.
The Belo Monte Dam represents life extinction to Brazil’s indigenous people and the Amazon rain forest. Tens of thousands of people have protested the streets, demonstrating in 22 cities in Brazil, in unity against the building of the Belo Monte Dam. On Monday, August 22nd, actions were organized in 18 cities around the globe, demonstrating in solidarity with the Kayapos. Please continue to stand with and support the Xingu Urgent Action Fund, join the demonstrations and sign the petition here to President Dilma, calling on her to cancel the Belo Monte Dam.
The Belo Monte Dam project represents extinction to Brazil’s indigenous people & the vast biodiversity in the Amazon rain forest. The Amazon is one of the last precious pieces to the biodiversity puzzle on the planet. It is teeming with life; life that gives us life. When there are no more rain forests, there will be no more human beings. Without the Amazon, where will your grandchildren get their oxygen? Stand with the Kayapos for your own posterity.
All life on this planet is connected on a very fundamental level. It is time for humanity to see that statement as more than just a shamanistic euphemism, because it is cold, hard scientific fact.
The AELLA Team