THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DAM
Our demand for energy is growing, as well as the need of its production through renewable means. For decades, the megadam has been thought of as a solution for this. Under the military dictatorship in the 1970s, Brazil would build Itaipu, which would become the largest megadam in the world, funded by massive loans from supranational financial institutions like the World Bank, the IMF and the IDB. It was perceived by the national government as a questionable statement of independence and technical capacity.
But if we invert our perception and try to imagine another perspective, another reality emerges. We inundate vast spaces, modify the flows of rivers, displace entire populations and destroy biodiversity. By building enormous concrete monuments, violent megastructures to contain the waters we try to domesticate, we risk ourselves. Megadams cause devastation at a local scale and threaten a planetary system on which we depend to survive.