Matador Network shares news of Chile’s plan for 5 dams

Today on Matador Network, one of my favorite sites for entertainment and news (all travel and international-related), I read that it sadly looks like Chile is going ahead with plans for hydroelectric dams in Patagonia.

The good news is that it’s not the people who are the problem. The article says that approximately 75% of Chile’s population opposes these building proposals.

It was sad for me to see this article, because “Patagonia,” was the whole reason why Shane and I visited Chile and Argentina in Oct / Nov last year.

Take note of the picture on top of Matador’s article:

pic of Chilean Patagonia

Imagine if suddenly soon there are huge dams filling up that pristine landscape.

We are in big trouble in terms of preserving our environment if the poster-child of nature and the outdoors– the region of Patagonia itself, were to become overrun by man-made engineering projects. Is nothing sacred?

And once Patagonia becomes the stomping ground of hydroelectric dams, where will it stop? Once companies start building in Patagonia, there is no way to draw a line anywhere else. North of the Patagonian region, Shane and I took one of our favorite pictures from that trip hiking at Parque Nacional La Campana– the closest I will ever be to monstrous Mt. Aconcagua, which you can see off in the distance behind us. A short time from now, just throw in a dam or some other man-made structure somewhere in the background of our photo, obstructing a natural wonder.

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