Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

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Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby Jesse » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:06 am

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"While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, "The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indians will have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction, deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact."

What moves me in my very bowels , making me ashamed of being part of Western culture, is the reaction of the chief of the Kayapo community when he learned of the decision—his gesture of dignity and helplessness before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization that does not respect the differences . . .

But we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, showing the reality of the true price of our bourgeois "quality of life".


Source:
http://geographynqt.blogspot.com/2012/02/devastating-news-for-40000-native.html

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Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby Norwegian » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:50 am

And to think the Norwegian government just gave Brazil a random $175 million as a "Good job!" award for supposedly cutting down less trees...

At the same time this was revealed in Norwegian newspapers, there was mention of how there's supposedly a new law on the way in Brazil, which will make it more easier to cut down forests.

And now this... I'm not sure what emotions I feel with regards to this, because there's quite a few of them at the same time right now....
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Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby Jesse » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:31 pm

Yea, I don't even know what to say. I just hope they get enough signatures to stop this particular dam from happening. I am stuck somewhere between thinking we can make a difference as individuals -- and knowing the few of us who do care are so outnumbered it will never matter... but for now, I'll go the route of doing something over nothing.. even if it's something of as little value as signing a petition.
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Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby Distorted » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:03 pm

Nothing is changed. People's attitudes at most may have changed but power is still the same. It's a real shame.
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Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby Bhavana » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:02 pm

Where has the money come from to build this plant? I heard that Obama was behind it, that we (the american taxpayers) are footing the bill. Anyone know if this is true or not?
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Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Postby gyougan » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:32 pm

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Well, I hope at least some of the wealth generated by this power plant and the following economic growth will trickle down to these poor Indians.
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