Whether you are working for a
sustainable future, striving to raise healthy kids, or contributing in another
way as part of the Global Greengrants community, there are moments when you take a step back and reflect, “Wow, this is what it’s all about.”
I was so proud when I learned about the monumental
victory Chilean environmentalists won in Patagonia last month. Read my blog about it here.
For the past eight years, Chileans have been fighting against a plan by an
Italian-Chilean energy conglomerate to build five dams in the Aysén region of
With jagged mountains and verdant valleys, Patagonia is home to people and diverse species, many of which are endangered.
The Baker River, Patagonia.
Photo: Jeff Foott / iLCP
The massive hydroelectric project, HidroAysén, would have flooded 15,000
acres of ranches and natural reserves and required building 1,200 miles of electric lines
to transport the energy through private land and pristine, protected areas to the copper mines in the North.
Initially, most of the public was in favor of the plan. And so the
environmentalists began the long, slow work of transforming the public mind.
Many, many organizations were involved: local, national, and international.
Global Greengrants is proud to have played an important role. Over the past
eight years, we gave more than $700,000 to Chilean organizations working on
Last month, the government scrapped
the project. This is the
biggest environmental victory Chile has ever seen. One of
our grantees, Peter Hartmann, director of Aisén Filial of the Comité Nacional Pro Defensa de La
Fauna y Flora, says HidroAysén’s defeat has transformed the
Chilean environmental movement.
“Global Greengrants funded small, local groups that were important to the
campaign,” Hartmann told us. “And some of the larger organizations hit hard by the
financial crisis turned to Global Greengrants to save them. Global Greengrants
was a lifesaver that helped keep them and the campaign afloat.” Read the full Q&A.
So please, take a moment to reflect with me. This is what it’s all about.
Thank you for partnering with Global Greengrants and the people of Patagonia to
create a sustainable future.
Executive Director & CEO