Guess who's been in town, rather, in the country? James Cameron alongside Sigorney Weaver. They have an agenda.
Yes, the Avatar famed film-maker and actor have been to the Amazon, the rain-forest, to draw attention to the fact that a huge dam is to be built in the legendary expanse of trees and wildlife.
Concerned perhaps that my fellow countrypeople were unaware of the fact (I was!) and maybe not doing enough to stop the Belo Monte Dam Project on the Xingu ('sheen-goo) River. They are adding their voice to local environmentalists and indian groups who oppose the initiative most vehemently for all the obvious reasons.
Their argument is why should we build a dam right smack in the middle of the hallowed grounds at a time when so much alternative options are available out there inasmuch as we live close to the equator and solar energy is, well, there for the taking, for example?
Mr. Cameron and Ms. Weaver have their work cut out for them in that they have yet to convince the Brazilian Government that this is an inane thing to do. Our president says that the project is a necessary evil that will provide clean energy. Never mind the devastation and the displacement of riverbank dwellers.
Life goes on, meanwhile. Ah, who knows there's still time to save whatever is left of the lungs of the earth.
Photo Credit: Leo Freitas