Environmentalists and tribal leaders oppose massive flooding, while Brazil minister states ‘not a single Indian will be displaced’ While in Canada elected officials tell the world it is perfectly safe to ship Dilbit though pipelines and inside supertankers up and down Canada’s west coast. Both governments are lying through their teeth.
Sofie Løve Forsberg shared the picture and the story that follows the picture back in Feb. 2012. Since then nothing has changed.
“While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life:
Dilma, “The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indians will have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction, deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact.”
What moves me in my very bowels , making me ashamed of being part of Western culture, is the reaction of the chief of the Kayapo community when he learned of the decision—his gesture of dignity and helplessness before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization that does not respect the differences
But we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, showing the reality of the true price of our bourgeois “quality of life”.”
The actions of the Brazilian and Canadian power elite are indeed shameful. Their greed and corruption are a disgrace to any moral being. But unless there is an awakening throughout the world the dam, the pipeline, and countless other projects designed to supply the needs of the powerful will go ahead.
Humans need to change their world view. We are not the dominant species. We are simply the most powerful species. Our choices will either bring death or life. We have very little time to change our views.