The Brazilian government is planning to build what would be the world´s third
largest dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The Xingu River in
northeast Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Belo Monte Dam, meant
principally to fuel the expansion of aluminum foundries and other industrial
plants in the Amazon, would require diverting nearly the entire flow of the
Xingu, drying up the “Big Bend” of the Xingu and its tributary, the Bacajá, home
to hundreds of indigenous people. Native people upstream would also be affected
by the dam´s impacts on fish stocks, their principal food source.
In May, one thousand indigenous people, in addition to social movements and
environmentalists gathered in the town of Altamira, on the Xingu River, to
protest the plans for Belo Monte and other dams on the Xingu. In the “Xingu
Forever Alive” letter, they stated “We will not accept the construction of dams,
large or small, on the Xingu and its tributaries”. The Amazon basin with its
intact rainforests and rivers is a critical ecosystem that must remain intact
for the Planet to remain inhabitable. Please tell Brazil´s President Lula and
other decision makers in the Brazilian government that you support the position
of indigenous peoples of the rainforest - that Brazil has better ways of
providing its future energy needs than destroying the mighty Xingu River.
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The Xingu river is worth more to Amazonian development intact than dammed
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