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Let Chile's President know that you stand in solidarity with the 74% of Chileans who want to see Patagonia's wild lands protected.
Chilean Patagonia is one of the few places on the planet with untouched and undiscovered corners remaining. Yet, at this very moment, its rivers and wild lands are under attack! Big business seeks to choke two of the region's most pristine rivers with mega-dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest power line in the world.
Chileans have taken to the streets in protest as they call for a sustainable energy future for their country based on energy efficiency and development of solar, wind and wave technologies. By signing, you are joining a 'virtual march' and are showing Chile's leaders that the international community also opposes this ill-conceived project.
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concern about destructive large-scale hydroelectric development on Chile's spectacular rivers. These five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers would harm ecosystems found only in Patagonia and tarnish the international reputation of the Pinera administration.
Patagonia is one of the rare places on the planet that remains untouched and pristine; this varied, breathtaking region deserves the highest protection.
The international community is watching these projects very closely and we urge you to protect this place of global significance and its people.
The fate of Patagonia's rivers is in your hands! Please overturn the environmental approval of HidroAysen's five mega-dams, and protect Chile's Patagonia from this destructive project.
The full environmental impacts of the dams are still not known. The company's environmental impact assessment was incomplete. It used incorrect data, only half addressed some issues, and ignored many others. The full effects of the dams on Patagonia's ecosystems, flora and fauna, and local communities would be enormous and irreparable.
Chile's Patagonia is a national treasure of immeasurable ecological value. Its pristine, unique qualities also make it a place of true global importance that deserves the highest level of protection. HidroAysen's dams and 1,200 mile-long transmission line would destroy the region's remarkable wilderness and open the door for other development projects. This would threaten not only the area's wildlife but also the tourism, livestock and fishery sectors on which local communities depend.
The HidroAysen dams are not necessary for Chile's energy security. A recent study by energy experts found that by 2025, renewables and efficiency can generate more energy than three HidroAyséns. If Chile focuses on developing its remarkable natural resources for solar, geothermal, wind and biomass, it can become a world leader in these technologies. When coupled with energy efficiency, these renewable energy sources can meet Chile's energy needs and create a more sustainable, economic and secure energy future.
Like 74% of Chileans, I believe that large hydro development in Patagonia--like HidroAysen--is not the best energy option for Chile.
Please overturn HidroAysen's 's approval, stop the project in its tracks, and put Chile on the right path towards the best energy future possible.Please reject the HidroAysen proposal and help guide Chile toward an independent, green, sustainable energy future that includes solar, wind, geothermal and tidal alternatives.
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