SierraRios

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    Started 5 petitions

    Petitioning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Minister of Environment Gemedo Dale, Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Hirut Kassaw, President Sahle-Work Zewde

    Protect the Blue Nile (Abay River) from further damming in the Grand Canyon of Africa

    The Abay River (Blue Nile) is one of the greatest rivers in the world and deserves to be protected in its remaining canyon as a natural treasure of Ethiopia. With the completion and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam (GERD) starting in 2019, ~270 km of the lower river canyon will be flooded, forever changing its ecosystem.  At least three additional mega-dam projects have been proposed upstream (Mekala, Beko Abo, and Karadobi Dams), but these additional projects will not only destroy the remaining ~600 km of beautiful Abay, they will also exact another hefty price tag from the people of Ethiopia and precipitate additional conflict with Egypt.  We urge you to enact legislation to permanently protect the remaining Abay River in the Grand Canyon of the Nile and prohibit any further dams along its course. See Blue Nile slideshows:  Northern Gorge, Gorgeous Gorge, Black Gorge, Western Cataracts More info: Blue Nile Info and Expeditions Video: The Dams of the Blue Nile  ==================== Dear honorable Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and cabinet members: The Abay gathers voluminous waters from the monsoon rains on the high Abyssinian plateau and provides ~70% of the water to the main Lower Nile in Sudan and Egypt  As it flows through Ethiopia, it passes through the deepest canyon in Africa, measuring ~2000 m deep on both sides much of the way, and up to >3000 m in places. In this "Grand Canyon of the Nile" it has remained a mostly undeveloped clean natural river with abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery, interesting side hikes, challenging rapids, and culturally unique people to meet (both Amharic and Gumuz) - and as such offers a natural corridor that should be protected for future generations to visit. The river already has the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam (GERD) nearing completion at the lower end of the canyon, a source of pride for most Ethiopians. However, this 6000 MW behemoth project came with a high cost of >$5 billion USD, and due to being funded largely by the salaries of Ethiopians, it has led to increased poverty among many in the country. Furthermore, the project will lead to overall decreased flows in the river (from filling the GERD reservoir and increasing evaporation from reservoir's large surface area) which has precipitated an international conflict with Egypt. The energy that will be generated by this project is indeed needed, but the energy should go to Ethiopians rather than being exported. Although there are tentative plans to build 4 additional mega-dams on the Abay, if these other dams are built, much more of the river and its habitat will be destroyed and Ethiopians will lose more of their majestic Abay. We petition you: please make the GERD the only mega-dam on the Abay. If additional energy is needed by Ethiopians, other lower-cost sources of energy should be developed in the region, such as solar and wind. We urge you to enact legislation to permanently protect the remaining Abay river in the "Grand Canyon of the Nile" as a free-flowing river in its natural state and prohibit further riparian development in its majestic canyon. The ~670 km of remaining Abay River from Lake Tana to the Didessa confluence should be designated a national park.  Visitation of the river and canyon will only grow in the future with the burgeoning increase in worldwide adventure tourism, and the river and its canyon will remain the greatest source of pride for Ethiopia.  Sincerely, SierraRios and everyone signing this petition

    SierraRios
    4 supporters
    Petitioning Andrés Manuel López Obrador

    Save Río Usumacinta from dams

    ENGLISH:  Río Usumacinta is the "Sacred Monkey River" of the Maya but has several dams planned for it that would flood historic Mayan archaeological sites, have devastating impacts for riparian wildlife, force residents to relocate, and destroy one of the finest rafting rivers in all Latin America. The river's Mayan name actually translates to "Sacred Monkey River", appropriate due to the high density of the revered howler monkeys in the river corridor.  This river passes through beautiful jungle rainforest and was home to two major classical Mayan archeological cities: Yaxchilán and Piedras Negras that continue to be popular tourist destinations.  Río Usumacinta is the most voluminous river in all of Mexico and Central America and passes through the "Gran Cañon de San José", one of the most impressive canyons in the world. Raft trips down the river allow tourists to visit the Mayan sites, camp on large beaches, see jungle wildlife and enjoy the calls of howler monkeys. Mexico's energy department (CFE) continues to advance plans to put a dam on this river, and has been actively pursuing the final dam to be built at Boca del Cerro.  However, This river deserves to be protected, not dammed for more energy that can be generated by other means.  HELP US STOP THE PLANNED USUMACINTA DAMS!  MAKE A COMMENT HERE THAT ALL CAN SEE! More info:  see SaveRioUsumacinta, Slideshow, and  RaftTripInfo ESPAÑOL: El gobierno mexicano tiene planes para construir 5 represas en el Río Usumacinta, el Río del Mono Sagrado de los Mayas. Las represas se llaman "Tenosique", "La Línea", "El Porvenir", "Isla el Cayo" y "Yaxchilán". Para construirlas se inundarán sitios arqueológicos mayas; además, sus impactos pueden resultar en impactos devastadores a las selvas, su flora y fauna y en el desalojo de muchos residentes a lo largo del río. El río Usumacinta es el más caudaloso de México y Centroamerica y el principal acceso a los sitios arqueológicos de Yaxchilán y Piedras Negras. En recorrido de balsa, se puede ver todo el río - sus selvas maduras, fauna, playas maravillosas, y el Gran Cañon de San José con sus rápidos. Las presas cambiarán esta oportunidad para siempre. AYÚDANOS A MANTENER EL USUMACINTA LIBRE PARA LAS FUTURAS GENERACIONES!

    SierraRios
    1,894 supporters
    Petitioning Evo Morales

    Save Río Grande and the Grand Canyon of Bolivia! Say NO to the Rositas Dam project

    PARA ESPAÑOL, VEA ABAJO Rio SanPedro-Grande is a spectacular little-known free-flowing river flowing through the heartland of Bolivia and offers a world-class 3-week 594km class III-IV Grand Canyon-style rafting expedition, passing through high Andean scrublands and forests, arid desert canyons, and then Amazon jungle as it flows to Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Officials and foreign investors are considering construction of the 156-m high Rositas Dam project near its exit from the Andes that would flood ~100 km of the lowermost river with its jungle canyons and big-water rapids, displace indigenous communities, stop nutritious sediment from passing downstream to the Amazon, and destroy the habitat of a variety of fauna dependent on the river.  The river carries one of the highest sediment loads in the world and would fill in a reservoir with dirt within 30 years, meaning the life of the dam and project is so short as to make it a terrible investment. Government officials in Bolivia should know that this project and all other dam projects proposed on Río Grande are ill-conceived due to the short useful lifespans and the resulting destruction to the environment.  On the contrary, due to the river's navigability by raft, fun rapids, diverse ecosystems, fine beach camps, unique side excursions, interesting flora/fauna and friendly residents, it is sure to become one of the premier tourist destinations in the world should it remain a free-flowing river without dams.  Río Grande Sin Represas! See more info at: Slideshow: Chayanta-SanPedro-Grande Raft trip: SanPedro-Grande Video: Río SanPedro-Grande: a Grand Canyon of Bolivia   ESPAÑOL: Rio SanPedro-Grande es un río majestuoso en Bolivia que ofrece una expedición de 3 semanas de clase mundial al estilo del Gran Cañón, pasando por bosques andinos altos, luego por cañones áridos y finalmente por la selva amazónica cerca de Santa Cruz. Los funcionarios y los inversores extranjeros están considerando la construcción del proyecto Rositas, una represa de 156 metros de altura, cerca del termino de su cañón. Pero el embalse de este proyecto inundará ~100 km del río, desplazará a las comunidades indígenas, y destruir el hábitat de una variedad de fauna que depende del río. Además, el río lleva una de las más altas cantidades de liso/tierra en el mundo (un promedio de 4% en sus aguas) - tan alta, de hecho, que llenará el embalse de tierra adentro de 30 años, haciendo el proyecto obsoleto. Queremos declarar a los oficiales gubernatales en Bolivia que este proyecto y todos los proyectos de represas propuestas en el río Grande son mal concebidos y no deben avanzar debido a la corta expectativa de vida prevista, la destrucción al medio ambiente, y el desplazamiento de gente. Al contrario, debido a la navegabilidad del río por la balsa, los rápidos divertidos, los ecosistemas diversos, los playas finas para acampar, las excursiones únicas, la flora y fauna interesante y los residentes amistosos, el río se convertirán en uno de los principales destinos turísticos del mundo. Rio Grande debe seguir fluyendo libre.  Río Grande Sin Represas! Ver más información en: Diapositivas: Chayanta-SanPedro-Grande Viaje en balsa: SanPedro-Grande Video: Río SanPedro-Grande: un Gran Cañón de Bolivia  

    SierraRios
    520 supporters
    Petitioning Presidente Kuczynski

    Stop the dams planned for Río Marañón, the headwaters of the Amazon

    For English, see below: ESPAÑOL:  El río Marañón es el Alto Amazonas, y pasa por un cañon majestuoso, similar al Gran Cañon del río Colorado en los Estados Unidos.  Mucha gente vive en pueblos y comunidades a lo largo de este río, que es la fuente del río más caudaloso del mundo. El gobierno del Perú y empresas extranjeras tienen planes de construir >12 presas a lo largo de su cauce y ahogar este tesoro del Perú.  ¡AYÚDANOS A MANTENER AL MARAÑÓN LIBRE DE PRESAS Y LLENO DE VIDA PARA LAS FUTURAS GENERACIONES!  Los siguientes links te llevan a fotos, una película de 20 minutos y más datos: 14 min película Cuarto Poder reportaje ENGLISH: Río Maranon is the mainstem source of the Amazon River and flows through a canyon comparable in many ways to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in Arizona. It is also home to many of the Awajún nation (an Amazon tribe) and others living in picturesque villages along the upper canyons such as Calemar, the site of Ciro Alegría's famous novel La Serpiente de Oro. Due to its unique status as the source of the largest river in the world and its other outstanding attributes, the Maranon merits protection from a series of >12 hydroelectric dams that are planned along the river. Save Rio Marañón!! See more information at:Save Río Marañon 15 min film Marañon: Raft trip A letter stating the unique qualities and attributes of this river will be signed by all petitioners and sent to the president of Peru as well as cabinet members in charge of the environment and tourism, as well as the head of Odebrecht, which is spearheading many of the megadam projects.

    SierraRios
    642 supporters
    Petitioning Presidente Mauricio Macri

    Detener la represa Portezuelo del Viento en Río Grande-Colorado (Argentina)

    Vea/Watch VIDEO [and see farther down for English translation] Honorable Presidente Maricio Macri, gobernadores, y miembros del gabinete, El río Grande es un recurso natural increíble que fluye a través de la Reserva La Payunia con paisajes volcánicos en el desierto, y provee una vía turística para visitar la reserva por balsa. El río debe permanecer libre para que la gente de Argentina pueda apreciar su naturaleza virgen en una region única del mundo - tan única que UNESCO está a punto de designarlo un Patrimonio Mundial Natural. El proyecto hidroeléctrico Portazuelo del Viento del río Grande en la provincia de Mendoza es un esquema mal concebida que inundará y robará el agua de este río. El proyecto no solo es una represa con cortina de 181 m de altura que ahogará más de 35 km del río con un embalse; también pretende desviar la mayoría del agua del río hacia la cuenca Atuel y así quitaría agua de áreas naturales protegidas y de la gente que reside aguas abajo en La Pampa. Además, el proyecto no consiste en una sola represa - cuando la empresa china Gezhouba (que construyó la represa destructiva Tres Gargantas en el río Yangtze) termine con este primer proyecto, pretende construir un complejo de 4 represas masivas adicionales ubicadas río abajo del Portazuelo del Viento con una destrucción completa del río Grande-Colorado.  El río Grande-Colorado debe ser accesible a todas las personas de Argentina y considerado un tesoro nacional como ya se considera la reserva La Payunia. Sus aguas merecen llegar a provincia de La Pampa aguas abajo y no ser desviada hacia la cuenca del río Atuel.  La gente de Argentina y todo el mundo ya están empezando a conocer y visitar esta región natural con su río - un lugar destinado a ser uno de los más queridos de Argentina. No estamos de acuerdo con el proyecto Portezuelo del Viento y las otras centrales hidroeléctricas propuestas río abajo. Al contrario, estamos de acuerdo con el desarrollo de alternativas formas sostenibles para generar electricidad en Argentina como el solar y eólica. Pedimos que los oficiales declaren todo el dinero que hayan recibido de la empresa Gezhouba y de otras empresas que van a beneficiarse del proyecto.  También, exigimos una contabilidad financiera de las pérdidas que serán incurridas por la represa con respeto al medio ambiente, al potencial del ecoturismo, y al pueblo de La Pampa.   Con respeto, Todos para un río Grande-Colorado sin represas ================================================ ENGLISH VERSION Dear Honorable President Macri, Río Grande-Colorado is an incredible natural resource that flows through the Payunia Natural Reserve with its desert volcanic landscapes and provides one of the best ways for tourists to experience the reserve - on rafting expeditions. The river should remain free so all humanity can appreciate its unspoiled unique nature - so unique, in fact, that it is under consideration to be declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Mendoza hydroelectric project Portazuelo del Viento on Rio Grande is an ill-conceived scheme that will flood and will steal water from this river. The project consists of not only a 597ft-high dam that will drown more than 20 miles of the river, it also will divert most of the river water into the Río Atuel drainage and thus remove water from the Payunia Reserve and from people living downstream in La Pampa. Furthermore, the overall project consists not only of a single dam - when the Chinese company Gezhouba (which built the destructive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River) ends with this first project, it aims to build a complex of 4 additional massive dams downstream resulting in nearly a complete destruction of Río Grande-Colorado. Río Grande-Colorado should be accessible to all the people of Argentina and the world and considered a national and international treasure as part of the Payunia Reserve that it flows through. All the natural water in the river deserves to flow through the Payunia Reserve and reach province of La Pampa downstream. With more and more people of Argentina and around the world beginning to understand and protect this natural region, it is destined to become one of the most beloved natural places of Argentina. We therefore oppose the Portezuelo del Viento hydroelectric project and other proposed dams downstream on Río Grande-Colorado. We support development of alternative sustainable ways to generate electricity for people of Argentina using solar and wind power. We request that officials declare all the money they have received from the dam-building company Gezhouba. Also, we ask for a financial accounting of the real cost of the project, including the losses that will be incurred with respect to the environment, the potential of ecotourism, and the people of La Pampa. Sincerely, Supporters of a free-flowing Río Grande-Colorado 

    SierraRios
    4,561 supporters