Green groups mourn for rivers at Rio+20 Summit

The Story of Rivers in Rio

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The story of rivers in Rio during the Rio+20 Earth Summit is an inspiring one. From the occupation of the Belo Monte Dam site on the Xingu River to the session at the People’s Summit about Debunking Dams as Clean Energy, International Rivers and our partners are on the ground to support the movement for healthy rivers and human rights, from the Brazilian Amazon to Turkish Anatolia. Executive Director Jason Rainey and Amazon Program Director Brent Millikan report back from Brazil.

Here’s our story:

Letting the Xingu Run Freely, June 15, 2012 – Early this morning, hundreds of people began an occupation of the Belo Monte Dam site near Altamira, Brazil, in the heart of the Amazon. See photos and video of this historic event.
River & Rio+20 Dispatch: Green Economy, June 17, 2012 – Let me start by setting the scene. The People’s Summit is a steamy cauldron of the critical, the practical and the absurd. The Summit grounds stretch a kilometer or two along Flamengo Park, a ribbon of greenspace between a highway and white sand beaches.
Update from Rio: Strengthening the Alliance of River Defenders, June 19, 2012 – Today was another action-packed and memorable day in Rio. In the morning, we co-organized an event at the People’s Summit on debunking the myth of destructive dams as clean energy. Soon after the meeting ended, we headed out to an adjacent beach at Aterro do Flamengo to participate in a human banner.
River & Rio+20 Dispatch: Brazil Energy, June 20, 2012 – Today the UN Conference on Sustainable Development formally opens, yet the preliminary dialogue process, side events, and People’s Summit that is all part of Rio+20 has been underway for days.