Energy company accused of endangering lives
GDF Suez, the French energy company, has been accused of endangering Amazon Indians’ lives, 'including those of highly vulnerable uncontacted tribes'.
The accusation was made by the campaign group Survival International over the company's involvement in dam projects in Brazil.
It is being targeted by campaigners over its heavy involvement in the Jirau mega-dam project on the Madeira river in the western Amazon- an area where several tribal groups reside. The Dam's construction is predicted to cause the destruction of large areas of forest, forest upon which resident tribal groups rely on for their survival.
GDF was targeted by Brazilian Indians and campaigners at its annual shareholder meeting on the 28th April, and is being pressured to listen to the voices of local communities and to divest from dam projects that will cause destruction to both the environment and a peoples' way of life. An open letter was sent to GDF by the 'Articulation of Indigenous People of Brazil' and the 'Coordination of Amazonian Indigenous Organizations', who criticised the company for 'violating its own ethical guidelines and its commitment to UN norms'.
Sonia Guajajara, a Brazilian Indian Leader, stated: “The actions of GDF Suez are toxic to the environment while destroying the voice and cultures of indigenous and traditional peoples.’
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