Earth Minute: Anne Petermann on clearcutting of trees in the Amazon

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Right now Brazil is moving forward with plans to clearcut millions of trees in the Amazon to make way for hydroelectric dams, built to power mines and aluminum smelters.
But the indigenous Mundurukú people are standing up for their land and their rights, refusing to give up their ancestral home.
The planned dams would destroy a vast swath of the Amazon. Yet the Brazilian government is pushing ahead ruthlessly at the expense of the rainforest and the indigenous peoples who call it home.
The Mundurukú have not been given a fair hearing since the start of the development project even though their free, prior and informed consent is legally required. The authorities are aware of this, yet they are still granting logging concessions for the land due to be submerged by ams, while the Mundurukú are systematically harassed by settlers and loggers.
There is a call for solidarity with the Mundruku people, and a petition can be found at rainforest-rescue.org.
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show, this is Anne Petermann, from Global Justice Ecology Project.

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