Thursday, 9 February 2012

"I hope that this image travels the world . . ."

Social Darwinism at Work

"While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, "The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indians will have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction, deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact."
The irony is in the fact that we are contributing to the systems and infrastructures of those who displace indigenous peoples for the sake of the very energy(electricity) we are using to communicate this message. Simultaneously raging against and empowering the MACHINE we want dismantled but can't live without. Conundrum.

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