Protect Precious Rainforest - Stop This Monstrous Building Project
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.
Take action and tell the Brazilian government to immediately stop the monstrous Belo Monte Dam project.
- and other top Brazilian officials
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; President-elect Dilma Rousseff
I am deeply concerned about your plans to build the Belo Monte Dam Complex on the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest, in violation of the human rights of Indigenous people and other threatened populations.
I support the demands of Brazilian civil society and urge you to defend the Amazon and its people and stop the Belo Monte Dam Complex.
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