The music is not optional; either listen to it as you read or go away! Three ten minute pieces of Philip Glass' Águas da Amazônia played by Uakti: at SESC in Brasil (2012); in Rome (2011); and from the album (1999).This photograph of a Kayapó girl comes from an otherwise forgettable movie. I think she is ... me - but of course, things are not getting any less crazy around here.
I did a presentation in public school - first ever public speaking - on the Adam Beck hydroelectric plant in Niagara Falls. And as the water ran out of the tub and a renewable topography emerged I continued to believe that hydroelectric generation is clean, good.
I didn't realize how much that had been eroded until I was having a beer with a serious player in the BC hydro hierarchy and stupidly asked him why he didn't focus on renewables? He looked at me as if I had no head at all and said, "What do you think I am doing?" It was a drunken slip - but Freudian I guess. He sold up and cashed out a while later and disappeared from the radar so maybe he figgured it out.
In this blog at one point a few years ago I wondered about the opposition to Belo Monte - simply because I thought it was better to develop hydro resources than, say, nuclear.
So ... changes ...
Getting a grasp of what is going on in the Amazon basin is difficult. Huge. The struggle over Belo Monte is ongoing; and another struggle is coming to light around the Complexo do Tapajós. You can read about it in English here: Amazon tribe threatens to declare war amid row over Brazilian dam project and follow it up as you care to. These two videos of Valdenir Munduruku are in Portuguese, watch 'em or not: 1½ minutes & 5½ minutes.
Tim DeChristopher was dreaming that Obama would not call out the National Guard to defend mountaintop removal. No hesitation from Brazil's Polícia Federal.
The Lenda do Boto is a powerful myth, as is the story behind Uakti.
When all is said and done this music may be what remains to us of the Amazon. Here, listen again: 2012, 2011, and 1999.
A-and, for the honeybee connection watch a few minutes of Grupo Corpo's 'Sete ou oito peças para um ballet' from 1994.
Carta do povo Mundurukú / Letter from the Munduruku people:
Source: Amigos da Terra.
Update: As of April 17 the government appears to have backed down, at least temporarily, the military Operação Tapajós has been stopped, and the 'research' which it was defending/enforcing as well. This is a reprieve not a victory - but a step in the right direction at least.