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Don’t Dam Patagonia: Now Is the Time to Dig In

Don’t Dam Patagonia: Now Is the Time to Dig In

By Craig Childs   |   Jul 5, 2011 July 5, 2011

As the new Patagonia catalog hits your mailbox, we asked Craig Childs the author of "100302Patagonia0316
[Taking the power of the Rio Baker's still-wild waters. All photos: ©James Q Martin]

We did good work down there – interviews and camera lenses. We sat in a bishop's house in Coihaique, his cigarette tucked into his palm as he blew smoke to the ceiling and told us Chile's water is not for sale. A young man sitting by a warm cocina in a one-room shack explained to me that he is a habitante, one who inhabits this place. Because of that, he said he was necessarily an activist.

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[Team Rios Libres. ©James Q Martin]

Find out more about this issue, as well as our our current environmental campaign: Our Common Waters.

For updates on the dams project in Chile:

Natural Resources Defense Council's Save BioGems Campaign

– The 180º South-inspired ¡Sin Represas! effort

Conservacion Patagonica

International Rivers

– The Rios Libres effort

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