10 Ways to Protect Rivers from Climate Change and Dams

Glacial lakes in Bhutan
Healthy rivers are critical for supporting life on Earth. They are especially necessary in light of the additional stresses that climate change will have on river-dependent communities and ecosystems. Watch our Google Earth 3D tour and read our online factsheet to learn more about why damming rivers is the wrong solution to climate change, and then take the 10 steps towards building a more river-conscious community: Spread the Word 1. Share the Google Earth video with your friends, families, and coworkers on Facebook and Twitter. 2. Show the video during an International Day of Action for

A Timeline of Protecting Rivers and Rights

International Rivers was founded in 1985 by people working for social and environmental justice. We work to address destructive dams and their legacies in over 60 countries. This timeline illustrates key moments in the movement to protect rivers from destructive dams. 1985 First international anti-dam protests disrupt a meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams in Switzerland. International Dams Newsletter – the first journal to document impacts of dams around the world – is created by diverse group of environmental and human rights groups. Results in formation of Internationa

Save Patagonia and We Will Save the World

Pinochet gave away the water rights to Patagonia's rivers in the last weeks of his dictatorship
Pinochet gave away the water rights to Patagonia's rivers in the last weeks of his dictatorship The cold hard facts of Chile's history make the Patagonia dams controversy one of the planet's emblematic natural resource conflicts. Regardless of Chile's desire to rid itself of the shadow of 17 years of dictatorship, the unsustainable nature of dam construction proposals such as HidroAysén are rooted in the exploitation and abuses of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). Coming from such a dark place, it is a wonder that so many Chileans can have such a bright outlook for

Home Depot en medio de una controversia en la Patagonia chilena

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Publicado en Atlanta Latino, Bilingual Newspaper A cinco años de haber firmado un acuerdo con proveedores de madera y organizaciones ambientales para proteger el bosque nativo chileno, Home Depot está siendo acusado de apoyar un proyecto que propone construir cinco represas en la Patagonia del país sudamericano que arruinarían cuencas hídricas, inundarían escasos bosques en peligro y destruirían el estilo de vida autóctono del lugar. La imputación es hecha por el grupo ambiental International Rivers, cuyos integrantes protestaron contra la multinacional estadounidense el jueves 28 de

The Home Depot and Patagonia Dams: The Excuses Grow Thin

Balloon Banner Outside of 2009 Annual Meeting of The Home Depot
Atlanta, Georgia, is the corporate headquarters of The Home Depot, the second largest retailer in the United States. Home Depot is also the company that continues to traffic in wood products manufactured by Chilean economic interests that promote the damming of pristine river ecosystems in Chile’s Patagonia. Last week the annual shareholders meeting of The Home Depot took place in Atlanta, and International Rivers was in attendance. After more than a year without a reasonable response to our communications concerning The Home Depot’s connection to the Patagonia Dam controvers

HidroAysén and The Home Depot: Myth vs. Fact

Pointing Out Matte Group (CMPC) Brand in Home Depot Actions
Pointing Out Matte Group (CMPC) Brand in Home Depot Actions The Home Depot is feeling the pressure of our campaign, so much so that they have taken to responding to Patagonia Campaign supporters that have sent them email actions and postcards. In these responses, and on their website, The Home Depot has continued to present misleading information. Here are a few examples of The Home Depot Myths, compared with The Patagonia Dam Facts. The Home Depot Myth: Their suppliers hold only a small minority stake in the companies involved in the project. The Patagonia Dam Fact: The main Chilean partn

HidroAysén: High Risk and High Cost

The Endangered Wilderness of the Pascua
The Endangered Wilderness of the Pascua The high risks and high costs of the proposal to exploit one of the worlds most treasured wild places for unnecessary energy development are coming clear. While the owners of the Patagonia Dam scheme known as HidroAysén busily attempt to convince investors, associated business partners, and the public at large that their primitive energy project is moving forth as planned, their own recent communications with the international press state that the project is being delayed by the volcanic nature of the Patagonia region. In an article published by Reut

Dam Home Depot, Save Patagonia's Rivers

The Endangered Wilderness of the Pascua
Read about International Rivers' Action at The Home Depot's Annual Shareholder Meeting: Press Release, Media Kit The Home Depot is the largest US buyer of timber products from the Matte Group, one of the companies planning to build five big dams on two pristine rivers in Patagonia, southern Chile. The dams and their associated transmission lines would ruin rivers, flood rare endangered forests and destroy livelihoods. Why The Home Depot? Every year The Home Depot purchases 50 million dollars worth of timber products from the Matte and Angelini groups – owners of wood products companies CMPC

HidroAysén Blasts Their Way Past Corporate Responsibility

Río Ibañez Day of Action participant
Río Ibañez International Day of Action Against Dams Event I am back in the Berkeley office of International Rivers after an exceptionally quick trip to Chile, including a whirlwind tour down to the Aysén Region of Patagonia. This trip was a productive and intense round of fact finding, meetings with partners, and media outreach--not to mention a chance to participate in a wonderful International Day of Action event. Amongst all the things I have brought home with me, including vivid memories of the blue vivid force of the Baker and some great conversations with local people, what I

CFE: Conflicto retrasa en varios años proyecto hidroeléctrico La Parota

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Por David Biller, Business News Americas El proyecto hidroeléctrico de 900MW La Parota de la eléctrica federal mexicana CFE se ha visto retrasado por años debido a la oposición de la comunidad local, dijo a BNamericas el subdirector de programación de la compañía, Florencio Aboytes. Según el ejecutivo, CFE está revisando el proyecto principalmente a causa de la oposición de los lugareños y se espera que el gobierno del estado de Guerrero tome parte como mediador en el conflicto. Al preguntársele cuándo podría desarrollarse el proyecto, Aboytes indicó: "


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