with eyes open wide
It’s really scary to think about the direction that our world is going. Of course it’s easy to look back on history and feel amazed at the changes that our society has gone through in 50, 100, 1000 years.
But looking ahead has always been difficult. Our society is concerned with the here and now; current needs and wants. We may dream of our life in the future, but those dreams are usually centred around the individual, not on our community, province, country, continent, Mother Earth.
Brazil passed a project in 2005 to dam a major tributary to the Amazon River, called the Xingu River. Somehow this is just now hitting my radar, though I feel like I am decently connected to the world environment news. It probably received media coverage at the beginning, but almost 10 years later no one is interested in “old” news.
The project has been delayed many times because of protesting, missing regulations and environmental authorisation. However, the construction officially began in June 2011 and is expected to begin operating at partial capacity in 2014 and full capacity by 2019. You can find more details about the project here: http://amazonwatch.org/work/belo-monte-dam
This article (link below) from Maptia is a beautifully written photo essay from Christina Mittermeier explaining how the 20,000 indigenous peoples who call this area along the Xingu River home will be forever affected by the dam.