A first hand account from Bridget Besaw on the Patagonia RAVE and efforts to stop the proposed dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers.
Aysén is Chile’s third-largest region, about the size of Tennessee, and the most sparsely populated. It’s among the most remote and undisturbed areas of Patagonia, and could be changed forever by the largest hydroelectric project in the history of Chile. THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER FOREST. This is the largest river in Chile. These are […]
In reality, these dams would mark the beginning of the end for Patagonia because their construction would bring in new roads, new development, and hordes of new people that would change the character and wild nature of the region forever.
The ecosystem will be destroyed forever if the two proposed dams for the Baker are built, the beauty that could be lost is what the photographers will focus on capturing.
There is no shortage of amazing landscape shots here.
“This has definitely proved to be the most productive segment of the expedition yet.”
The clouds and winds have returned – Welcome to Patagonia!
Recent public opinion polls indicate that roughly 70% of all Chileans oppose the hidroaysen dams, whereas 3 years ago only 30% opposed them.
Daniel Beltra and Jeff Foott are arriving today and more of the crew will arrive tomorrow.