Reject Brazil's Disastrous Amazon Dams

Sign the petition: Tell world leaders working to implement the UN COP21 climate goals that Brazil must halt plans to construct more devastating dams in the Amazon – like the one proposed on the Tapajos River, the last undammed tributary of the Brazilian Amazon.

Photo credit: Brent Milikan.

9,133 people have taken this action so far.

Brazil cannot be allowed to promote the myth of large dams as clean energy while destroying the Amazon's rivers, forests and peoples with disastrous and corrupt megaprojects like Belo Monte. On behalf of indigenous communities and the environment, call for an end to Brazil's destructive plans for the Amazon and for the adoption of clean, alternative energy solutions.

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Brazil participated in the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris to discuss the future of our planet and our environment. Meanwhile, Brazil itself suffered from its worst environmental disaster in history after the failure of the Fundão Dam in the state of Espírito Santo, and the activation of Belo Monte will create yet another environmental crisis once it begins to operate. Science has proven that large dams are NOT clean energy and therefore must not be included in Brazil’s strategies to address climate change.

In light of recent damning evidence directly implicating Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Lula da Silva in a kickback scheme that funneled millions from the Belo Monte dam's bloated budget to their campaign coffers, a driving force behind Brazil's dam-building boom has been laid bare: corruption.

Brazil has been roiled with heated protests and recurring calls for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff as revelations from the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) corruption scandal have exposed a vast money-laundering operation, likely totaling at least R$10 billion (US $3.5 billion). A ruling Workers' Party senator has testified that graft money skimmed from overpriced contracts to build the Belo Monte megadam was used to fund Rousseff's election campaigns, and Dalton Avancini, the former CEO of Camargo Corrêa, one of Brazil’s largest construction companies, testified to public prosecutors that his company paid millions in bribes in exchange for contracts to build the giant and controversial dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon.

In the latest twist, former president Lula da Silva was named to President Rousseff's cabinet, and wiretaps made public by a Brazilian judge demonstrate that this was done in an attempt to shield him from the evolving corruption scandal, which began while he was in office.

Amazon Watch and others have long argued that the Belo Monte megadam project made no sense in terms of energy production or economics – especially taking into account the enormous environmental and social destruction it was certain to cause. Now it is apparent to all that the major reason for building it in the first place was very likely corruption and bribery on an unprecedented scale.

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