james cameron, amazon watch

Following the appeal of indigenous Indians, a laundry list of environmentalists and high profile Hollywood figures such as Avatar director James Cameron and actress Sigourney Weaver, plans for the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam in the Amazon have been tabled for the THIRD time due to its potential to trigger “serious social and environmental damages.” What would have been a project comparable in size and scope to the construction of the Panama Canal — ultimately submerging 193 square miles along the Xingu River – surely would have compromised the local ecosystem, causing “grave harm to the economy,” “irreparable harm to (40,000) indigenous people” and far-reaching devastation to wildlife.

Fortunately, the Brazilian judge on the case was really listening to the facts surrounding the 11,000 megawatt Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, ruling in favor of Mother Nature…at least for the time being. Weaver noted that the judge urged everyone to develop “a process that deals more ethically with the communities on the river”, while her partner in crime, Cameron, added that even though construction on the dam is just momentarily stalled, it buys environmentalists time in which to “help build global and local awareness that Brazil needs a sustainable vision and a different energy policy.”

Despite President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s insistence that his country needs the $11 billion dam in order to fulfill their increasing need for energy that is renewable and clean, Weaver thinks that their countless “solar and wind opportunities” are the more sensible way to go. Similarly, Cameron feels that by abandoning plans for the Belo Monte project and instead pursuing more eco-friendly options, Brazil’s president could become “a hero”. Take a look at this brief clip of Sigourney Weaver while she discusses her perception of why this is a mini-victory and then for a different perspective of Cameron’s role in the whole Amazon situation, the gents at Polliwood offer their take (below).

Via The Independent and the Associated Press

  • http://babyganics.com/ Robert

    I like how hollywood stars take part in environmetalism.

  • David

    There are two sides to this.

    How much carbon emissions would be stopped by an 11,000 megawatts of hydro power? A steady supply of water for irrigation and jobs for thousands of people.

    There are downsides but every action has plusses and minusses. They all have to be looked at logically and not with emotion.

  • don miguelo

    That picture says it all.
    Hell Yeah!

  • Susette

    Thank God for people who have the courage to protest the building of more dams, especially in sensitive areas like the Amazon. And don’t believe what these guys say about the water shortage in California’s Central Valley. It’s only the western portion of San Joaquin Valley that’s having problems. The rest of the valley has been having record crop production for the last five or six years. The protest marches you see are hypes produced by PR firms hired to promote passage of the delta water bond in November and the protesters are paid. I live in California and work in the water field. We hear the inside story.

  • jap

    Con todo mi respeto, creo que la Sra. Weaver y el Sr. Cameron, en buena fe, están siendo manipulados.

    Que deberían dejar la arrogancia -nadie les dice a ellos qué hacer en su casa- y el pretender que saben más que los múltiples expertos sudamericanos que han dedicado tanto tiempo, estudio y trabajo al asunto amazónico.

    Por favor, dejen tranquilos a los brasileños y ocúpense en hacer menos contaminante y un menor consumidor de energía a su país y, así, le harán un mayor favor a la humanidad.

    Y recuerden, o imagínense: es dificil ser “verde” cuando se tiene hambre.
    Muchas gracias.

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