“Patagonia is one of the few places on the planet with untouched and undiscovered corners still remaining. Yet, at this very moment, its rivers and wildlands are under attack.” – Rios Libres
Let My Rivers Go.
When I look back at the time when I lived in Durango, Colorado the Animas river is one of the first things that pops into my head. Rafting, tubing, fishing, more rafting – the Animas was a key part of my life in the Southwest.
The Animas is a free flowing river. This means no damn dams. As the first river I had ever rafted on, this seemed completely normal. When I moved to the Southeast part of the United States I thought it was bizarre that you had to wait for the rivers to be let “free” by the dams that bind them. Let free? Shouldn’t all rivers be free?
There are rivers far from the Animas or the Ocoee. The Baker River runs through a place that is so wild in my own imagination, I find myself daydreaming of going there. Right now the Baker and other rivers in Patagonia are under serious threat of proposed dams. And as Patagonia is one of the last true wild places on earth, it is both heart breaking and infuriating imagining these dams destroying communities, scarring the landscape, and wreaking havoc on ecosystems that are flourishing there.
I don’t know why I want this river to run. I could not sit at a table with a microphone and explain it. I don’t know why the heart breaks when we have drawn and quartered yet another landscape, named it as ours, used it to fuel our every global ambition from paper clips to plastic cups. But god do I want this river to move, another dark thread binding the surface of this planet, another path uninterrupted.” – Craig Childs
“There is an epic environmental fight here. The biggest one that Chile’s ever seen.” – Doug Tompkins
Rios Libres joined the fight against these dams and have just relased a trailer for a film called Power in the Pristine that will bring awareness to this issue.
“Patagonia is one of the few places on the planet with untouched and undiscovered corners still remaining. Yet, at this very moment, its rivers and wildlands are under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region’s most pristine rivers with mega-dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest power line in the world. Follow Team Rios Libres led by professional athlete, Timmy O’Neill and luminary writer, Craig Childs as they immerse themselves into this remote region. Find out what they discover on their journey from the source of the Baker River to the sea. Filled with inspiring imagery, compelling interviews and a bit of adventure, you’ll gain an understanding of how this huge hydroelectric scheme would forever change the face and character of the area and why we must act now to Keep Patagonia Wild. For more info: www.rioslibres.com.” – Rios Libres Team