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Petitions Against Belo Monte Dam Project

August 22, 2011

Please sign the below petitions protesting the Belo Monte Dam project.  As of this published alert, all petitions are legitimate and working.  Please note you will need to verify your signature on a couple via email, thank you.

Background | From Jungle Defender

The Brazilian government is moving ahead “at any cost” with plans to build the third-largest dam in the world and one of the Amazon’s most controversial development projects – the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the state of Pará. The Belo Monte dam complex dates back to Brazil’s military dictatorship and the government has attempted to build it through various series of national investment programs including Brasil em Ação and the Program to Accelerate Growth. Original plans to dam the Xingu have been greenwashed through multiple public relations programs over the course of two decades in the face of intense national and international protest.

Impacts on Environment and People

In order to feed the powerhouse of the Belo Monte dam complex, up to 80% of the Xingu River will be diverted from its original course, causing a permanent drought on the river’s “Big Bend,” and directly affecting the Paquiçamba and Arara territories of the Juruna and Arara indigenous peoples. To make this possible, two huge canals 500 meters wide by 75 km long will be excavated, unearthing more land than was removed to build the Panama Canal. Belo Monte’s two reservoirs and canals will flood a total of 668 km2 of which 400 km2 is standing forest. The flooding will also force more than 20,000 people from their homes in the municipalities of Altamira and Vitoria do Xingu.

Imagine if Hurricane Katrina was not a hurricane at all, but an event sponsored by the federal government, in collaboration with several multinational corporations. If your imagination fails you, then perhaps you’ll get a clearer picture by learning about the people of the Xingu River.







Related | Opposition to the Belo Monte Dam Project

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an ecosystem quivers in fear
and so needs help
from all of us here

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 6:25 pm

    an ecosystem quivers in fear
    and so needs help
    from all of us here


  2. Iris schmidt permalink
    August 23, 2011 6:14 am

    I´m absolutly Against Belo Monte Dam Project,
    and i agree this petition


  3. August 23, 2011 7:56 am

    Every sixty seconds, thirty acres
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  4. August 23, 2011 2:37 pm

    Sharing with proud Jungle ^:^


  5. Jennifer permalink
    March 19, 2012 5:58 am

    The World Bank estimates that forcible “development-induced displacement and resettlement” now affects 10 million people per year. According to the World Bank an estimated 33 million people have been displaced by development projects such as dams, urban development and irrigation canals in India alone.

    India is well ahead in this respect. A country with as many as over 3600 large dams within its belt can never be the exceptional case regarding displacement. The number of development induced displacement is higher than the conflict induced displacement in India. According to Bogumil Terminski an estimated more than 10 million people have been displaced by development each year.

    Athough the exact number of development-induced displaced people (DIDPs) is difficult to know, estimates are that in the last decade 90–100 million people have been displaced by urban, irrigation and power projects alone, with the number of people displaced by urban development becoming greater than those displaced by large infrastructure projects (such as dams). DIDPs outnumber refugees, with the added problem that their plight is often more concealed.

    This is what experts have termed “development-induced displacement.” According to Michael Cernea, a World Bank analyst, the causes of development-induced displacement include water supply (dams, reservoirs, irrigation); urban infrastructure; transportation (roads, highways, canals); energy (mining, power plants, oil exploration and extraction, pipelines); agricultural expansion; parks and forest reserves; and population redistribution schemes.


  6. Mark Stone permalink
    March 1, 2013 1:56 pm

    Please stop this dam , we can’t keep destroying our planet . The Amazon is too important to the rest of the world to keep destroying it .


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