Activism

Patagonia Sin Represas

 

One component of our
public education campaign

As active defenders of the wilderness of southern Chile, Fundación Pumalín (the Chilean foundation that manages the Pumalín Project) has joined the campaign to oppose the HydroAysén mega-dam project. This fight, over the proposed development of five massive hydroelectric dams and a 1,200-mile transmission line, has become the biggest environmental battle in Chilean history. Pro-development forces see energy potential in southern Chile's free-flowing rivers. We have joined forces with a large and growing movement of Chilean NGOs and activists who counter that the ecological and cultural impacts of such mega-dams and energy transmission infrastructure are unacceptable. Rigorous analyses have demonstrated that Chile's energy needs can be met without destroying one of the greatest, intact, wild landscapes on Earth.

We are members of the Council for the Defense of Patagonia, which is comprised of more than thirty organizations collectively fighting the dam scheme. This coalition of local, regional, national, and international NGOs includes many of Chile's leading conservationists and has pursued a multi-pronged approach to oppose the dams. The Patagonia Chileana ¡Sin Represas! ("Chilean Patagonia Without Dams!") campaign has produced detailed technical comments in response to the Environmental Impact Assessments that HidroAysen has submitted, delaying the project and forcing the company and government regulators to better examine the project's impacts. Dam opponents have waged a large-scale media campaign, using hundreds of billboards throughout Chile, full-page ads in local and national newspapers, radio and TV spots, and online updates to raise public awareness and generate support. An exhibit format book, Patagonia, was produced as the campaign's education centerpiece.

For the latest news on effort to stop the dams and their associated 1200-mile-long transmission line, visit the Patagonia Sin Represas website.

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