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Sting and indigenous leader Raoni Metyktire in 1990. (Rainforest Foundation, Sue Cunningham)

Sting and indigenous leader Raoni Metyktire in 1990. (Rainforest Foundation, Sue Cunningham)



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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.

Gwen Florio

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