The Xingu and other indigenous tribes of the Brazilian Amazon are fighting for the survival of their existence and way of life. A behemoth of a hydroelectric dam is being built in their territory that will flood their culture out of existence. They are now occupying the construction site in protest.
So what does that have to do with us as adventurers?
If you landed on trailblazerguide.com you are either an adventurer, or you are interested in adventure. The Amazon is one of the holy grails for adventure. With water to paddle, unknown tribes, completely foreign cultures and massive trekking opportunities in an environment teeming with life (some of it looking at you with hungry eyes) you can still get that ‘David Livingstone’ feeling here.
If large-scale deforestation, mining, dam building and mono crop plantations continue to advance into this sensitive area the adventure will soon disappear. Do you want that in the name of ‘progress’? I don’t know about you, but I don’t. Going on a trek or paddling expedition through the Amazon is one of my big dreams and I would like it to become reality soon.
You can help protect one of the adventure sanctuaries of the world, save an ecosystem, and a way of life. Check out this petition, and add your voice. Its managed by Amazon Watch and has already grown to half a million voices.
If you don’t like being identified, why not help International Rivers with a donation towards protecting the Xingu River?
The Indigenous Brazil Blog publishes regular updates on this conflict too. In a letter to the federal government, published on this blog the local tribes plead:
We are Munduruku, Xipaya indigenous Kayapo Macaw, and Tupinambá. We live in the river and the forest and we are opposed to destroy them both. You already know us, but now we are more… We want the suspension of studies and the construction of dams that flood our territories, which cut the forest in the Middle, which kill fish and amazing animals, opening the river and the land to the devouring mining. They bring more companies, more loggers, more conflicts, more prostitution, more drugs, more diseases, more violence.
Let your voice be heard. Do not come back a decade from now in regret, wishing that there was still an amazon jungle to cross or circumnavigate. Carpe Diem!
If you want more proof, contact me and I will gladly link you with a host of credible resources on the subject.