Conservation

James Cameron Living Real-Life Avatar

The sequel to Avatar may be coming sooner than you think. The director of the summer blockbuster, James Cameron, is in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest supporting indigenous groups fighting against the construction of a hydroelectric dam. “I’m drawn into a situation where a real-life Avatar confrontation is in progress,” said Cameron. “What’s happening in Avatar is happening in Brazil and places like India and China, where traditional villages are displaced by big infrastructure projects.” The project is an $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam which will be the world’s third-largest project of its kind. While Brazil’s president says it will provide clean energy, environmentalists are staunchly opposed, claiming it will decimate wildlife and displace around 40,000 people living in the area.