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Rios Para a Vida - Living art installation on Flamenco beach featuring indigenous activists

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

Nearly 1500 people used Rio's Flamengo Beach as a canvas today, their bodies forming the lines of an enormous image promoting the importance of free-running rivers, truly clean energy sources like solar power and including indigenous knowledge as part of the solution to climate issues. The activity was led by Brazil's many indigenous peoples organized under the umbrella of the Articulation of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and comprising the majority of the "human banner" participants.

The human banner symbolized the important role of indigenous knowledge and a strong preference for meeting our collective energy needs through renewable sources like solar power. Giant text below the image read, "Rios para a vida" ("Rivers for life") signifying that rivers should be dedicated to supporting the life of the millions of humans who depend on them and that they should remain undammed.

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