Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on HidroAysen and Patagonia
Around this time last year, we published an exclusive interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the winter edition of Patagon Journal. Kennedy spoke to us about the environmental threats to the Futaleufu River and Chilean Patagonia. Here is a link to that interview.
Now, Kennedy is back in the news in Chile. Kennedy, who is president and co-founder of the international Waterkeeper Alliance and a leading environmental lawyer in the United States, has recently been featured in articles in Chile’s Que Pasa
magazine and the La Tercera
newspaper giving his views on HidroAysen and the current energy and dams debate. He also talks about his future plans, much of which will be done in concert with Futaleufú Riverkeeper
, Patagonia's first Waterkeeper program. Recently, we were given the full transcript from the interview he did for those media. Excerpts:
Issue 6 – The Giants of Patagonia
Father Alberto de Agostini, the Salesian priest who during the first half of the 19th century wrote 22 books about his explorations in the Patagonian Andes, put it most eloquently when describing this region’s mountains: “Hundreds of peaks still sleep a deep sleep without any human ever penetrating their silent kingdom, an exclusive domain of winds and storms. And nevertheless they are the most beautiful mountains of the world.”
The mountains of Patagonia are “giants” not just for their sheer size. There is that unparalleled beauty, as Agostini so rightly states. They may not be the highest peaks on the planet, but the extreme conditions and vertical walls found at this southernmost end of the planet make their summits among the world’s most difficult to scale. And then there is the sheer expanse of the Andes, the longest mountain range on Earth. This issue of Patagon Journal is dedicated to the magnificent Patagonian mountains, and the bold climbers and mountaineers that seek out their rewards.
Opening of the 2nd Patagonia Photo Contest Exhibition in Santiago
Below, photos from the opening of the 2nd Patagonia Photo Contest Exhibition, July 15, in front of the Patagonia store at Mall Sport in Santiago, Chile.
The "wild horses" tale
As the resolutions of the environmental authorities arrives to us, and to HidroAysen, that invalidate previous resolutions and resolves claims against the approval of the HidroAysén project (432 pages), we are waiting to see if that company will appeal to the environmental courts.
A major victory in Patagonia: Chilean government rejects HidroAysén dam project
The Baker River near Estancia Chacabuco, future Patagonia National Park.. ©Daniel Beltra
By Amanda Maxwell
Chile’s government – under the leadership of President Bachelet – made a landmark decision today
when it rejected the controversial HidroAysén dam project. "The HydroAysen hydroelectric project is rejected," declared the Minister of the Environment upon announcing the decision this morning. This is a major victory for the majority of Chileans and the tens of thousands of people around the world who oppose building large, unsustainable dams in wild Patagonia – and for those who think that Chile can be a global clean energy leader by developing its remarkable potential for renewables* and energy efficiency.
A sustainable Patagonia beyond HidroAysen
Baker River, by Jimmy Langman
By Patricio Segura
For many, today defines everything. For others, everything stays the same. For me, neither this nor that.
As Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco has said, for anyone who wants to hear him, and as has many congressmen have repeated, today they will not be deciding whether or not to build dams in Patagonia. “A Patagonia without dams is not in play,” has been Pacheco’s exact words.
Issue 5 - Private Parks on the Rise
Our fifth issue
features a cover story on the rise of private parks in Patagonia; a photo essay from one of Chile's longtime photographer legends, Pablo Valenzuela; a special travel section on Chile's Lake District including stories from veteran guidebook author Wayne Bernhardson and British travel writer Gabriel O'Rorke; a report on sustainable fly fishing in Mongolia; and the story behind a recent, historic first winter ascent of Mount Sarmiento in Tierra del Fuego, among several other articles. Below is the full table of contents.
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