Because City People matter more than Tribal People?!

Via on May 31, 2011

Please spread the word fast—last-ditch effort to collect signatures, make noise.

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Click over the The Daily What for a succinct summary of what’s going on here and to take action:

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[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.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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15 Responses to “Because City People matter more than Tribal People?!”

  1. I live in Panama and it is huge, This is heartbreaking…:(

  2. christoph says:

    if you would look at the size of the area you would see that this 550 km 2 are nothing in an area if 5,2 Million km 2. Second in this area where living originally 500 Indians..because of foreign influence today ppl moved their to get money out of it. And yes it is for electricity and Brasil needs it as we have +200 Million ppl mainly in the North and North east region. 400000 Indians have a total area (the BEST) of 1,1 Million as reservations… and now look at your Indians help them or should brasilians come over to your country and tell You what to do?

    • Jason says:

      Christoph, I think most Americans today would reverse foolish decisions that were made in our country over 100 years ago if they could. The difference is – THIS is happening NOW, and there are better alternatives are in place to provide energy without having to displace thousands of indigenous people. There is STILL a choice BEFORE this happens and becomes another national travesty.

      • Eddy Eltermann says:

        Jason, I don't agree wih the situation, but before you talk about 100 years ago, think the Americans are NOW 5% of the world's population and are using 30% of the world's natural resources. America didn't even signed the Kyoto Protocol to reduce the polution is being caused by the country…. so the foolish decisions still.

    • Yogainthevalley says:

      I agree with Jason. In America, we look at our past actions toward the Native Americans with shame, disgrace and remorse. We recognize the actions of the past as short sighted and selfish. It's too late for us as many of these cultures, people & languages are already lost, but not for you. Learn from our mistakes.

  3. I'm crushed. And going on a campaign today to try to spread this petition through FB and Twitter.
    It is hard to know if there is actually a chance that this could be overturned. Living in Brazil
    makes one question political advocacy, if there is any efficacy in it at all. I believe if Dilma came
    under worldwide criticism, that could make a difference.

  4. raju says:

    Sad…………..very, very sad

  5. Robert Hii says:

    The people need to stand up! Block the way! Anything! Putting profits before people is so wrong and yet its happening all over the world with indigenous peoples being shafted in the name of progress and civilisation.

  6. Alex P says:

    According to Avaaz, the project has been put on hold due to outpouring of international protest.
    http://www.avaaz.org/en/highlights–natural-world

    • not sure when that was published. this debate has been going on for 30 years and there have been several times when the decision was delayed. i am pretty sure this particular page was not published yesterday. (but trying to find out)

  7. Jean Seymour says:

    The greed in this country is running wild and needs to be stopped…..we need to protest like those middle east countries….
    Get rid of these idiots that want to take what does not belong to them just so they can make money….this country makes me sick it is so out of control with the money (people?) (government?)

  8. Diane says:

    Those tears and the visible heartbreak in his body are hard to take. Thanks for bringing this to light.

  9. Amy says:

    I went to the link for signing the petition but it says the petition is no longer active. Do you know what the scoop is on that?

  10. Eugene Dean says:

    What feasible action can be taken here? How can we provide support?

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