A judge in Brazil has ordered a halt to construction of a multi-billion-dollar dam project in the Amazon region.
Judge Carlos Castro Martins barred any work that would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu river.
He ruled in favour of a fisheries group which argued that the Belo Monte dam would affect local fish stocks and could harm indigenous families who make a living from fishing.
The government says the dam is crucial to meeting growing energy needs.
Judge Martins barred the Norte Energia company behind the project from “building a port, using explosives, installing dikes, building canals and any other infrastructure work that would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu river, thereby affecting local fish stocks”.
The Amazon is the lifeblood of our planet. We must come together to protect the viability of our planet, both for ourselves and for our future generations. For information on this dam and how damaging it could be, please see this report by Sigourney Weaver.
Please help us defend our river and future generations by signing this petition.
– Sheyla Juruna, Juruna Tribal Leader
A Last Stand for the Xingu
Help the Xingu and visit this site http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/stop-the-belo-monte-monster-dam to sign their petition.