Stop the Belo Monte Dam (and help save the REAL Amazon)!

Tell the Brazilian government: Stop the Belo Monte Dam.
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Dear Mark,
The Brazilian rainforest and the indigenous peoples who live in it are endangered by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, which would be one of the largest, most devastating infrastructure projects ever to be built in the Amazon.
It would divert the flow of the Xingu River and flood over 100,000 acres of rainforest, displacing over 40,000 people and threatening the survival of indigenous communities.
On August 26, the Brazilian government signed the concession to build the Belo Monte Dam, despite concerns over its financial viability, growing resistance amongst indigenous groups and social movements, and predictions of technical experts that the dam will be one of the worst engineering projects in Brazil’s history.
The consortium responsible for building Belo Monte could receive a license to initiate the project any day. So now is a crucial time for the international community to speak out and stand up to defend the Xingu River and those who depend upon it. That is why we are joining our friends at International Rivers and Amazon Watch in taking action.
This petition will be delivered to:
  • President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
  • President-elect of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff
  • President of the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho
  • President of Eletrobras, José Antonio Muniz Lopes
  • President of the Norte Energia Consortium, Carlos Nascimento
  • Minister of Mines and Energy, Márcio Zimmermann
  • Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira
  • Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), Abelardo Bayma Azevedo
About 25,000 indigenous people from 24 ethnic groups live along the Xingu River. These people are a living symbol of Brazil’s cultural diversity and defenders of some of the last intact forest in the Amazon. Yet their lives and culture are under threat from the enormous Belo Monte Dam.
This mega-project would leave indigenous and traditional communities along a 100 km stretch of the Xingu known as the “Big Bend” without water, fish, or a means of river transport.
And communities upstream, including the Kayapó Indians, would suffer the loss of migratory fish species that are a crucial part of their diet.
If Belo Monte goes ahead, it will unleash a chain of dams in the Amazon, threatening the very future of the Amazon rainforest and the web of life it supports.
The Brazilian government needs to hear from people around the world that we will not sit idly by while the rights of indigenous and forest people are violated.
Thank you for working for a better world.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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