Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Canadian readers, make a date in your TeeVee diary...

...for Thursday March 3rd and watch this documentary as part of the famed 'The Nature of Things" slot. Then short Dorato Resources (DRI.v). In fact, it may be better for you to short DRI.v first and watch it second. Thanks to reader 'FB' for the headsup, here's the blurb and here's the link to read more:

The Real Avatar

Thursday March 3 at 8 pm on CBC-TV, repeating Thursday March 10 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network

Peru is in the midst of an unprecedented resource “rush” – 72% of the jungle has been zoned for oil development alone. And according to recent studies, in just 10 years nearly half the Peruvian rainforest–one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth–may be past the point of no return if current rates of deforestation continue. In The Real Avatar, David Suzuki sets off for the Amazon to investigate the effect this rush is having on the native peoples who call this land their home.

Under the shadow of the Cordillera del Condor mountains, and near where the mighty Amazon river begins, live the Awajun and Wampis peoples, a proud, warrior nation, never conquered by the Incas or the Spanish. Today, they feel they are being invaded again: Peruvian and Canadian mining companies aim to set up a gold mine on land these natives say is their traditional territory. In fact, the Awajun had an agreement for the establishment of a National Park along the Cordillera that would protect their land. But the Awajun found their agreement broken, quite literally in two, when Peru's President gave half the area over to mining interests. Studies indicate that mining here would devastate the area's water system – water that flows to the downstream Awajun...