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The Brazilian government says that the project is essential for securing energy and jobs—and that the social and environmental impact will be minimal. Opponents, including the Xingu people that would be displaced from the land disagree. And, as James Cameron, told TreeHugger, the impact would go far beyond the loss of this ancestral land.
While campaigning to help the Xingu, Cameron learned that they have something critical to teach the developed world—a lesson that has significance on Earth Day and beyond.
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