Rock star Sting is speaking out on behalf of indigenous people in Brazil, who feel their way of life is being threatened by a project to build the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world, according to the BBC, here.
“This is the heart of the Amazon and what happens here affects the whole world,” he said at a news conference in Sao Paolo, where he was joined by indigenous leader Raoni Metyktire, who worked with him in a similar campaign 20 years ago.
Sting says the issue takes on new urgency in light of climate change.
“This was my intuition but now the science is backing that up, I mean substantial science is saying this is true,” he says. “We need to save this forest. It is the biggest contribution to greenhouse gases – deforestation. Way beyond industrial pollution, way beyond the burning of fossil fuel for transport, or heating.”
Chief Raoni says he doubts claims by government officials that a smaller-than-planned area will be flooded, and that indigenous areas will be protected.
“The authorities never called a meeting with us, with our leaders to explain this, to have a consultation over Belo Monte.”
The BBC report says a decision on an environmental approval for the Belo Monte dam is said to be imminent.