Endangered Patagonia - Skiing (and Saving) Chile's Rio Baker Valley
Over the last ten years, often on assignment and in partnership with organizations and outdoor businesses committed to wildlands conservation, we've been exploring the wilderness of Chile's Rio Baker watershed. The heart and soul of Chilean Patagonia and the focus of an inspiring conservation effort aimed at creating a new Patagonia National Park, the Rio Baker watershed is threatened by a short-sighted plan to industrialize one of the planet's last great wild places. In addition to several large dams, the Spanish-Italian energy giant (Endesa-Enel) is hoping to get approval for a 1000+ mile transmission line, which would pass through the heart of Chilean Patagonia - home to five Chilean national parks and two established wilderness reserves. "The damming of the Baker," says a local rancher, "would be a terrible tragedy for Patagonia." Most Chileans know there are better alternatives to big dams, including smaller-scale hydro power, other non-hydro renewable energy sources and investment in regional economies based on tourism and small industry. Let's help the people of Chile protect one of the globe's greatest natural treasures.
PLEASE check out the links below to get informed...and get involved in protecting one of our planet's greatest remaining wild places.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION =>
Write Chile's president today to express your concern. The NRDC has set up an easy way to do this right now... LINK
=>LATEST PRESS Recent News...Work Halted on HidroAysén... Santiago Times - 5/31/12
Chilean Court Suspends Patagonia Dam Project...BBC News - 6/21/11
Our latest post on Patagonia Inc's blog, The Cleanest Line, May 26, 2011 LINK
Chilean Court Approves EIS for Patagonia Dams...Huffington Post - 5/10/11
Update on Patagona Inc.'s Blog After EIS was Approved - May 10, 2011 (Great overview of issues) LINK L.A Times Story - May 21, 2011 LINK
NEW Multi-media Film: "Patagonia Without Dams" by Bridget Besaw - Sept 2011 LINK
International Rivers - Action Alert & Fact Sheet HERE
Chilean Patagonia Without Dams (English site) -
RIOS LIBRES Project (Film and documentary project focused on the Rio Baker watershed) LINK
NRDC - BioGems "Patagonia" Campaign Website HERE
Overview by Patagonia Adventure Expeditions (founders of the Aysen Glacier Trail) HERE
PATAGONIA RISING Film Project HERE
SIN REPRESAS - "Without Dams" Campaign - HERE FUTAFRIENDS - Protecting the Wild Rivers of Chilean Patagonia HERE
ECOSISTEMAS - Working in defense of Patagonia ecosystems HERE
HidroAYSEN Dam Proposal (Includes Drawings of Proposed Dams - Scroll Down in PDF) PDF
Write Chile's president today to express your concern. The NRDC has set up an easy way to do this right now... LINK Thanks!
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