|Photos Klamazon Delegation
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Reposted at Censored NewsToday a Northern California delegation of Indigenous youth and Klamath River protectors depart San Francisco International Airport, headed to Brazil's Xingu River Basin in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The group will meet with communities affected by the proposed Belo Monte dam project.
|Klamazon Delegation photo
"We want to show solidarity in the struggle to preserve and protect inherited cultures and natural resources from shortsighted projects like the proposed Belo Monte dam," said Dania Rose Colegrove, Hoopa Tribal member, and one of the group's organizers.Belo Monte would be the world's third largest hydroelectric dam, and its creation would allow for further destructive mining and deforestation practices. It is one of many proposed dams that would devastate the lives and cultures of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who rely on the Xingu River and other tributaries of the Amazon for sustaining life. This includes some of the world's last un-contacted Indigenous people. The Amazon Basin is approximately the size of the continental United States, and is home to 60 percent of the world's remaining rainforest. It holds one-fifth of the world's fresh water.
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