Dam it! the Amazon Rainforest and people are in big trouble

I was planning on taking a break from posting this weekend, but this is too important for me to just sit around and wait for Monday to come along. The Brasilian Institut of Environment and Natural Renewable Resources (IBAMA), Brazil’s environment agency, has approved the Belo Monte Dam Complex which would flood over 400,000 acres of rainforest and displace 40,000 indigenous people. Almost 20% of the rainforest has been cut down since 1960 due to logging and the meat and leather industries. The Amazon rainforest needs more than a break already! Please help me and many others in signing a few petitions to help put a stop to this. Each image leads to a different petition you can sign as well as more information on this issue. Or you can click here for Amazon Watch’s petition, here for Avaaz’s petition, here for Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate’s petition, and here for SOS Xingu’s petition. Thank you! Let me know when you sign and what your thoughts are about this dam in the comments below.

(First image my own, last three images all clickable straight to sources: Avaaz.org, Omiusajpic.org, BeloMonte.org)

  • http://www.avillagetown.com Krystal/Village

    Yah, I know what you mean about books!! I bought One Day here – the bookstore near me has a little english section which is nice (but so expensive!). So Mark goes home to the US a lot for work (well, a few times a year) so I make him bring me back a lot :) :)

  • Eva

    Krystal – I’ve yet to see any English books around here so I think I need to go on a much more thorough search. That’s awfully nice of Mark to bring so many home for you, I wish I had someone like that, ha!

  • http://macabrerose.soft-resonance.net Zoya

    What an alarming prospect, so many of the worlds rainforests are already destroyed.

  • Eva

    Zoya – I know, it’s hard to believe. I don’t even want to think about the outcome if this were to happen. I hope I won’t have to ever think about it.

  • http://www.avillagetown.com Krystal/Village

    yah i’m a serial header changer I think, haha! and yah…grey grey here too. i think it’s getting to me!

  • Eva

    Krystal – I wasn’t sure if maybe you had it on rotate or something. If the weather is going to be like this, then I definitely want spring.. but only if it’s better!

  • Misty :)

    I signed all the petitions!! I can’t believe they are wanting to build a dam that is going to destroy that much of the rainforest!! If they are going to build one, they need one that WON’T destroy any of it!!! I hope these petitions work!! I can’t believe they are even considering this!!! Especially after how much they have already destroyed. This just doesn’t seem right!!!

  • Eva

    Thank you, Misty! They were supposed to start yesterday, but I haven’t heard any news yet.