Tierra de Patagones: New video from Gauchos del Mar

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The Argentine brothers Joaquín and Julián Azulay in July 2010 left Los Angeles, California, in a truck with two surfboards and just $1500 in their pocket. Some 403 days later they had surfed all over the Americas and taught surfing to children in coastal towns. They documented the journey in the film “Gauchos del Mar” – a bonafide hit after winning nine international film festival awards.
The brothers were given the name “Gauchos del Mar” (which in English translates as “Cowboys of the Sea”) by a friend who observed the two when out surfing drinking the traditional tea yerba mate, which is oft consumed by gauchos in Argentine Patagonia. But for these gauchos, the weather and insufficient time did not allow them to explore Patagonia during their epic trip through the Americas. But in early 2013 they finally took on Patagonia for their recently released film, Tierra de Patagones. They began along the northern Argentine coast in typical surfing cities like Mar de Plata and Necochea before heading south. 

Climate Change: There is no Plan B, because there's no Planet B

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People's Climate march in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014People's Climate march in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014
By Javiera Espinoza
Last Sunday, September 21, more than 600,000 people through nearly 2,800 events in 166 countries took to the streets to promote actions to stop the effects of climate change. The “People’s Climate March” aimed to get the attention of governments and demand they take decisive and drastic action on climate issues, making it the largest march to combat climate change in history. Without looking further afield, more than 310,000 people marched just in New York, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon himself, as well as former United States Vice President Al Gore. It is precisely in this city where the United Nations General Assembly is meeting this week, during which Ban Ki-moon convened a “Climate Summit” on September 23. The purpose of the Climate Summit was to call on global leaders to make statements concerning climate change to advance on achieving a new global climate agreement in 2015, which would replace the Kyoto Protocol, which became obsolete in 2012.

New Zealand and the proposal to legitimize scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary

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By Elsa Cabrera and Juan Carlos Cardenas
Translation by Ecoceanos
Following the landmark ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last March 31, that revoked Japanese so-called "scientific" whaling permits in Antarctica, it was expected that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) could finally resolve the many conflicts generated by these operations, which constitute a violation of the global moratorium on commercial whaling and the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on HidroAysen and Patagonia

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Baker River near Estancia Chacabuco, future Patagonia National Park..   ©Daniel BeltraThe 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

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Baker River, by Jimmy LangmanBaker 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.
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