Photo: James Cameron, who is protesting the dam, with some of the people who will be left homeless by the project
Brazil has okayed the building of the huge Bel Monte hydroelectric dam regardless of the protests by opponents that has been taking place for the past 30 years. According to those who oppose the plan, the damn will dispel 30,000 people from their homes as well as cause major destruction to the ecological environment of the Amazonian forest.
Brazil’s environment agency, known as Ibama, gave their approval to the estimated $17 billion project even though protesters are claiming that the dam will cause major devastation along a 60-mile stretch of the river.
On the other hand, those who support the project say that 11 gigawatts of electricity will be produced each year by the dam by 2015 and that this product will help bring modern advancements to the region and help lift the residents out of poverty.