For a dam, that they will get no use from. And it's not just about a culture, but thousands of acres of wild land and biodiversity gone, forever.
Thankfully, just today, a judge has put a stop on the building of the damn because of the risk that fish stocks would be damaged.
In his ruling, Judge Carlos Castro Martins said that all working on the Belo Monte dam that interfered with the natural course of the Xingu river should be halted because of the risk that fish stocks would be damaged.
The £7bn dam would reputedly be the third largest in the world, after China's Three Gorges and the Itaipu project on the Brazil-Paraguay border.
The injunction is the latest development in a decades-long battle against the Belo Monte dam, plans for which were originally conceived in the mid-1970s but subsequently shelved after major protests.
But it is not just the fish stocks that are the issue, there is just so much more at stake. And James Cameron has taken this battle on as his own, he produced this video to explain exactly what is at risk, this is the short version.
Please sign the petition, this is about saving biodiversity, about a people and about moving past energy solution that depend on destroying large areas of land and habitat, there are alternatives and Brazilian indigenous leaders aretalking about them with the worldYou can sign the petition here.
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Much longer video:
Sigourney Weaver Narrates New Google Earth Animation on Brazil's Controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest. Amazon Watch and International Rivers have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, with technical assistance from Google Earth Outreach. The video is in support of Brazil's Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre (Xingu River Forever Alive Movement). The tour allows viewers to learn about the harmful impacts of, and alternatives to the massive Belo Monte Dam Complex on the Amazon's Xingu River. A Portuguese version of the video and tour, narrated by well-known Brazilian actor Dira Paes to be released soon.
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