Save the heart of the Amazon

The heart of the Amazon rainforest is at risk. There are dangerous plans to build a new mega-dam across one of the Amazon’s largest rivers - the Tapajos. If it goes ahead, the dam threatens to destroy Indigenous People’s homes and the unique biodiversity of the area.

But one Indigenous community, the Munduruku, are fighting back, and they need our support. The Munduruku are demanding that the Brazilian government officially recognise their ancestral land so they can keep the companies behind the mega-dam out.

If thousands of us around the world take a stand with the Munduruku, we can send a clear message - the Brazilian government must protect the heart of the Amazon.

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Destructive energy is not clean energy

Hydro-dams may seem like a clean energy solution but they are far from it. The companies desperate to help build the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam, like Siemens and General Electric, stand to profit a great deal at the expense of the environment. Building this mega-dam would flood hundreds of kilometers of rainforest creating a reservoir the size of New York City. The flooded forest would release the huge amounts of carbon and methane it once stored into the atmosphere, contributing further to greenhouse gas emissions.

The dam could also wreak havoc on the feeding and breeding grounds of river dolphins, turtles, fish and other species living in the river, and could even lead to extinction for some. And on land, a whole host of rare plants and endangered animal habitat, newly discovered mammals, as well as villages and communities would be drowned and gone forever.

So far from being the clean energy solution the companies behind the dam would have us believe, destructive dams in fragile ecosystems like the Amazon come with a whole host of tragic environmental and social impacts.

The Munduruku People

The Munduruku are a group of Indigenous people who have lived in the area around the Tapajós river for centuries. Today, there are more than 12,000 Munduruku, living among the banks of the Tapajós. They depend on the river for food, transportation and the survival of their cultural and spiritual practices. Losing the river would mean an end to their way of life - which is why they have been fighting damming projects in the region for over 30 years.

Now, the Munduruku have called for people around the world to support their fight. They are demanding that the Brazilian government officially recognise their territory. So far, the government has tried to stall the recognition process, presumably to allow the construction of more dams, but the Munduruku recently reached the first stage of the process. To complete it will require huge pressure on the government - but if thousands of people around the world join the Munduruku in their cause, together we can protect the Munduruku territory as well as the rich biodiversity that lives there.

Now, the Munduruku have called for people around the world to support their fight. They are demanding that the Brazilian government officially recognise their territory. So far, the government has tried to stall the recognition process, presumably to allow the construction of more dams, but the Munduruku recently reached the first stage of the process. To complete it will require huge pressure on the government - but if thousands of people around the world join the Munduruku in their cause, together we can protect the Munduruku territory as well as the rich biodiversity that lives there.

There are alternatives

Frequent and severe droughts in Brazil mean the production capacity of dams have already been called into question. Similar dams, like the Belo Monte dam, have also recently been linked to corruption and therefore threaten the reputations of the companies involved in building them.
Instead, Brazil and infrastructure companies should be investing in clean and responsible energy solutions, like solar and wind. Projects bringing solar power to schools and small communities across Brazil are already revolutionising the energy supply. With its huge surface area, Brazil also shows huge potential for wind power. These energy alternatives ultimately provide more energy security to the country and Siemens should focus its expertise in wind and solar in Brazil instead of investing in an environmentally damaging mega-dam.