Longtime rainforest supporter [lastfm]Sting[/lastfm] has spoken out against a proposed hydroelectric dam in the Amazon for the last two decades, and he’s at it again as Brazil moves forward with the project.
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[pullquote quote=”I stand in solidarity with the indigenous people who are trying to stop it. ” credit=”Sting”]
[lastfm]Sting[/lastfm] took time out from his tour when in Venezuela to hold a news conference about the dam.
“I stand in solidarity with the indiginous people who are trying to stop it, ” Sting said. “All of the reasons I fought against it 20 years ago are still there. It will destroy an entire river system and destroy the lives and culture of the people who live there and have lived there for thousands of years. The dam is too far away from Sao Paulo to be of any use to ordinary Brazilians. The plan is for it to be the first of six or seven dams, with even more destruction.”
[lastfm]Sting[/lastfm] is not alone in his battle, director James Cameron and actor Sigourney Weaver have also voiced concerns about the dam.
This week, [lastfm]Sting[/lastfm] and his wife are having a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their Rainforest Fund. [lastfm]Sting[/lastfm], [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm], [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Shirley Bassey[/lastfm] will perform. But if that’s too much of a commute, catch Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra June 15th at the Hollywood Bowl.
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