Target: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
Goal: Safeguard biodiversity and wild animals from the devastating effects of hydroelectric dams.
Wildlife and plant species are in danger from the damaging effects of hydropower dams. When water is dammed in such rich natural areas, floods occur and destroy unique vegetation and wildlife. This greatly reduces the biodiversity and also impacts the homes of local indigenous people. We must protect our wild and precious places. Take action now to demand that all dam projects in the Amazon river basin go through a strict environmental assessment.
One of the most damaging dam projects in Brazil flooded 240,000 hectares of rainforest in 1989. The dam created 3,500 islands, isolating numerous plant and wildlife species as well as displaced indigenous people. The dam devastated the area and many mammals, large gamebirds, and tortoises completely disappeared from the larger islands because of a lack of area to roam. Brazil is home to pristine wilderness that should be coveted and protected, not flooded for unnatural dam projects that will forever scar the landscape.
Recently, Brazil’s president has promised to stay away from hydropower dams, but the country will see two new hydropower projects within the next couple years. The Belo Monte Dam is currently under construction and will become the second largest dam complex in the country. These dam projects move forward without an accurate environmental assessment due to corrupt government officials that are typically paid off by dam project builders.
We must stand up for our natural areas. By signing this petition, you are urging the president of Brazil to demand that all hydropower projects go through a strict environmental assessment for the sake of wildlife and biodiversity.
Dear President Rousseff,
Brazil is home to a variety of unique vegetation and wildlife. The beautiful species living in the Amazon deserve to be protected. I am concerned that hydroelectric dam projects are disrupting the natural biodiversity of Brazil’s Amazon.
In 1989, the Balbina dam flooded 240,000 hectares of rainforest, destroying the habitats of numerous plant and animal species. Once we lose precious rainforest this way, there is no way of getting it back. I hope the Belo Monte Dam doesn’t recreate a similar disaster.
I want you to protect your country’s pristine rainforest. Please demand that a strict and adequate environmental assessment is conducted on all future hydroelectric dam projects. Irreplaceable wildlife and plant life is at stake if you continue to destroy the rainforest with hydropower dams.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Thomas KRZESAJ