Sigourney Weaver narrates Google Earth tour of Belo Monte dam impact

In April, I took note of James Cameron’s efforts to stop the building of the Belo Monte dam on Brazil’s Xingu River. Actress Sigourney Weaver (a co-star in Cameron’s AVATAR) joined Cameron on one of his trips to Brazil, and has now collaborated with Amazon Watch, Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre (Xingu River Forever Alive Movement), and International Rivers to produce a 10-minute video (above) showing the probably impact of the dam project on indigenous people in the region, biodiversity, health, and even climate change (which were outlined in the previous post).

Narrated by Weaver, the video largely consists of a Google Earth “tour” of the region, along with some live shots and brief commentary from people who depend upon the Xingu to maintain their way of life. It’s not all doom and gloom, though: the video ends with some suggestions for how the electricity the dam would produce (almost exclusively for mining interests) could easily come from a combination of efficiency measures and genuine renewable production… at lower costs, and with much greater positive economic impact.

The video’s release was timed to coincide with the theatrical re-release of AVATAR; Cameron has also produced a short video, called “A Message from Pandora,” that addresses the Belo Monte dam.