The construction of the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in Brazil has raised some controversy around the world. In this activity you will examine several press articles and videos, then write a composition of your own using the sources provided below.
A publicity video from 2010 narrated by Sigourney Weaver
With a partner or in a group divided into 2, conduct a debate adopting the two positions outlined below. Once you have chosen your positions take some time to prepare your debate based on the materials presented above.
Position A. You think that the construction of the Belo Monte dam should be halted and the environment returned to the way it was before construction began. You believe the negative consequences on the area's ecology will be irreparable and that the wishes of the indigenous people should be respected.
Position B. You believe the construction is too far advanced to stop now and should continue to completion. You also believe that sufficient research has been conducted and the effects on the ecology are minimal and do not outweigh the future needs of the 202 million citizens of Brazil.
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