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Say goodbye to a Galact habitat
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As many of yall know, Brazil holds a special place in my heart. I have been going down there for the past five years doing my own research on galact morphs and living with the indigenous Indians there. Well, in case yall didnt know there is a large portion of the Amazon in danger of being destroyed by the Belo Monte Dam. It brings me great sorrow to announce that this week the Brazilian government gave the green light to begin construction for this dam.

Here is a recap on some of the info i have posted about this dam:
The Belo Monte Dam is a project that was first thought of and planned back in 1975. Its plan/ purpose are to provide Brazil with much need power so they can continue to grow. Its maximum output of power is geared to be around 11,223 mega watts or MW. The finished damage to the region if this dam is built is going to be astronomical. We are talking about thousands and thousands of pristine Amazon being flooded, several plants/animals that could become extinct, along with 20,000 people being forced to move life as they know it will be under water, this isn’t even counting the native that live in this region either. The power created from this dam will mostly be used for corporations that are located in the Amazon nearby that are manufacturing plants of: aluminum, gold, titanium, etc. This project has been stopped once in the 90’s and we can do it again!

As I am sure many of yall have seen the movie Avatar, directed by James Cameroon; what some of yall might not know though is this movie has a lot of similarities of what is going on in the Rio Xingu area today and this Belo Monte Dam project. James Cameroon himself has become a supporter of a non-profit organization called Amazon Watch. He has made several trips down to the region and has spoken out to the president of Brazil and the public about why this project is so wrong. I have attached a short video below that allows you to hear James’s thoughts on this project.

The main reason why I am posting about this region though is it an area that affects me personally too. This region is where I got my love for dart frogs really and became more serious in the hobby because I found my first wild poison dart frog, a galactonotus. Another reason why this area means a lot to me is because this is my second home basically. I have traveled to this region and lived with the natives here for the past five years off and on throughout that time frame. I have come to fall in love with these people and consider them part of my family.

These natives have lived in this region for thousands of years and they don’t need our help to provide a better life for them. They did fine without our help for thousands of years and if we can help it, they will continue to do so. We would be losing at least three different native tribes to this area and possibly their knowledge of medicinal plants, language, and culture that makes them unique to any other group in the world. We would also be risking the fact that we could see the L-46 pleco, the plant eating piranha, the pink river dolphin, the Xingu dart frog, Allobates Crombiei, possible undiscovered or site specific galactontous morphs, any more species due to the flooding/ altering the rivers flow become permanently extinct or extinct locals of these species disappear before our eyes.

I have partnered up with Amazon Watch to help but a stop to this dam. Please check them out at
www.amazonwatch.com and help out any way possible.

Thanks,
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wrong link...its http://amazonwatch.org/
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Here are some pictures of the region and people affected by this

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