Tenacity is clearly James Cameron’s strong suit. If his continued protest of the Brazilian Amazon jungle’s proposed hydroelectric Belo Monte Dam is any indication, the Oscar winning director never gives up on the environmental causes closest to his heart. Please refer to this Ecorazzi article for background into the scope and eco-consequences of this comprehensive $17 billion dollar Xingu River diverting project, but for the quick skinny, ponder these facts:
- Up to 50,000 natives will be physically displaced (Pandora-style) when the dam reservoirs flood 668 square kilometers of land.
- Flow of water will be significantly reduced along the Volta Grande, undermining many natives’ way of life since they currently depend on fishing and river transport for their livelihood and survival.
- Altering the Xingu River’s natural cycles will result in dramatic declines in fish and turtle populations as well as depredation among various species.
- Messing with the river will generate a high level of methane, which is worse than carbon dioxide in terms of greenhouse gas attributes.
In response, Cameron and Amazon Watch have created “A Message From Pandora” which details what the Belo Monte Dam Complex (the world’s third largest) will do to the Amazon people and highly fragile rainforest ecosystem. Take a look at the trailer after the jump below and then please contact the Brazilian Embassy via this convenient online form to let them know that you are opposed to this eco-social tragedy-in-the-making.
Via Amazon Watch