Chief Raoni

Chief Raoni of the Kayapo tribe, native to the Brazilian state of Pará, cries upon learning that construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric project has been granted government approval. From etcetera:

[A] death sentence [for] the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river [has been] enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species – all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.

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One response to “Chief Raoni

  1. Such a tragedy…again.

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