I suppose you watch series and movies about teenagers and other heroes saving the environment. In real life, there are no Planeteers gifted with elemental powers, and there is no Captain Planet to save Gaia in destruction. This thought went through my head seeing a picture of a tribal chief break into tears after hearing a very grave news. Read through the short article below:
I have more respect for a Warrior that protects life—for us, for our children and grandchildren and future generations –than for a false civilization and their interests!
While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, …the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, ‘The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world).
It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indians will have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction, deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact. ‘
What moves me in my very bowels , making me ashamed of being part of Western culture, is the reaction of the chief of the Kayapo community when he learned of the decision—his gesture of dignity and helplessness before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization that does not respect the differences …
But we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, showing the reality of the true price of our bourgeois “quality of life”. (posted by Gonzalo Cesar).
I got this news from Facebook and it’s been shared to many. I have searched online and I couldn’t find the original article in Spanish. I wanted to find out if this was true, but looking at the picture above, those tears were real enough to break my heart. My emotional is our personal helplessness. Would sharing the news be enough to gain awareness? It will probably reach millions, but how many would dare to step out of their plates and do more than just sharing it in Facebook. Are there even those who are willing and capable of leaving their seats to do something about it? Just saying that there’s a big difference between spreading the word and acting on it.
We’re all helpless in our own way, and by financial handicaps, all those people willing to help can’t spearhead a campaign. Not that I am being one-sided. Again, I’ve gauged and weighed in two sides of the coin. I have read through the advantages of having that dam built over the amazon forest. It will surely help supply the power shortage that Brazil is struggling with. However, regardless of how beneficial a certain infrastructure can be, natural resources is always a priority. It’s a solution of power shortage versus the suffering of 40,000 Indians and millions of species existing in that 400,000 hectares of forest.