Take a visual tour of the town of Temacapulín (Temaca), guided by the voices of the global anti-dam movement. Temaca is threatened by El Zapotillo Dam and would be flooded by hundreds of feet of water if the dam is built. In October, 2010 Temacapulín hosted Rivers for Life 3, where activists from around the world convened to share information and strategize about the next phase of the global anti-dam movement. Interested in translating this video? Download the version with no titles (MP4) and the English language transcript (PDF) to start on a translation in your language. Questi
Global demand for energy is growing by leaps and bounds, and politicians the world over are responding with an environmentally damaging roll-out of big dams, more coal mining, and a push for more nuclear plants. But there is a better way to meet our needs. Efficiency is the cheapest, safest, fastest source of energy – and there is huge potential worldwide to offset new energy supply projects. If energy efficiency was made a top priority, many of the planet’s rivers could be spared from the ravages of large dams. Global warming could be dramatically slowed. Poor countries could
Ten years after the World Commission on Dams (WCD) report, the WCD is still our best roadmap towards ensuring that future dams minimize social and environmental impacts, the legacy of existing dams are addressed, and affected people directly benefit from the projects. Watch this video, produced by International Rivers and EcoDoc Africa, to learn more about the promise of the WCD.
Battle for the Xingu from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo. Imagine if Hurricane Katrina was not a hurricane at all, but an event sponsored by the federal government, in collaboration with several multinational corporations. If your imagination fails you, then perhaps you'll get a clearer picture by learning about the people of the Xingu River. The Xingu, a tributary of the Amazon, is home to over 10,000 indigenous people who rely on the river for survival. The Brazilian government, however, keen to develop the region, is proposing what would be the world's third largest hydroelectric dam
For 300,000 indigenous people, Lake Turkana is their best defense
against hunger and conflict. The isolated, northwestern corner of Kenya
is a harsh environment long neglected by the government. Droughts are
occurring more frequently, causing the natural resources upon which local
herders and fishers depend to disappear. The traditional safety
net woven by the area's tribes is unraveling quickly. Now, Lake Turkana
is under threat from the Gibe 3 Dam. If Lake Turkana is pushed toward
ecological collapse, tensions between communities over their dwindling
resources could explode -
A Force for Rivers and Rights, a short video by filmmaker Eli Noyes of Alligator Planet, gives a broad introduction to International Rivers' work, and our role in the global movement to protect rivers and rights. First screened at our 25th anniversary celebration, the film features interviews with campaigners and beautiful footage of the rivers and people we work to defend.
The Wild River Dance video was a call to action for our Wild River Dance Contest. Participants entered YouTube video responses to the video featuring creative interpretations of the theme of wild rivers.
This video is about Laos’ largest and most controversial hydropower project, Nam Theun 2. Risky Business describes how Nam Theun 2 is affecting Lao villagers’ everyday life, including interviews with the affected communities. The video is produced by BankTrack and International Rivers based on a site visit in May 2009.
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