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How to destroy a dam: RETURN OF THE RIVER

How to destroy a dam: RETURN OF THE RIVER

Return of the River 2.12.2012 from Jessica Plumb on Vimeo.

As celebrity activists like James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver have argued, dams may be low-carbon forms of energy harvesting, but they’re definitely not “green.” They often result in flooded land, broken ecosystems, and separation of indigenous peoples from the the sources of their food. Dams are impressive engineering feats, but the negative impacts last for generations: we’re still dealing with the damage created during the great age of American dam building in the early 20th century.