RÍOS to RIVERS EVENTS
An evening of film, photography and conversation
about the next steps to protect Aysén Patagonia’s landscapes, rivers, & culture
GRAND CANYON / RÍO BAKER EXCHANGE PROGRAM
PURPOSE OF EXCHANGE PROGRAM
When the Grand Canyon was threatened to be dammed in 1966, the Sierra Club put a full-page ad in the New York Times that asked:
"Should we also flood the Sistine Chapel so that tourists can get nearer the ceiling?"
In 1966 few people knew of the beauty of the Grand Canyon. The comparison that Sierra Club made proved to be effective because it brought to attention the intrinsic value of the Grand Canyon.
Our aim is to draw a link between the Baker River and the now treasured Grand Canyon in an effort to elevate the importance of protecting Patagonia's rivers. Although different in character from the Colorado, the Baker's emerald waters, its riverside history, and the magnificent ice-capped wilderness it traverses make it a river deserving of similar protection.
The purpose of the exchange program is to introduce Chilean and U.S. youth to choices available for both the preservation of wilderness and the production of energy; to understand the limits of resources and be wise in their uses and distribution.
Through interaction with guides, scientists, and peers, the participants will gain the knowledge and tools to become better stewards, activists, and experts on the rivers of Aysén, Chile and the Western U.S. Students will meet with engineers, biologists, hydrologists, and environmental experts in the U. S. and Chile to learn about what a dam does to a river.
The exchange and its documentation will also aim to raise awareness about the Baker and Pascua Rivers and hopefully spark similar protection to that on the Colorado. For more information on the Grand Canyon Youth curriculum visit: GCYouth.org
For the first exchange we plan to bring 7 - 9 students and Roberto, Club Náutico Escualos' director, from Chile to the Grand Canyon.
A Grand Canyon Youth donor has stepped forward to leverage costs of making this exchange program possible.
We need your help to cover addtional costs of transportation, guides & services.
To make a 501(c)(3) tax decutible donation and for more information please contact Grand Canyon Youth's exective director:
Emma Wharton Emma@gcyouth.org
The GCY/CNE exchange program provides the perfect canvas to create a film that documents this exchange. Experts will be interacting with the students along the rivers’ edges. The reactions, questions and concerns of the students will give each of the pertinent topics regarding the ecosystems of the rivers a greater vibrancy than a conventional interview. The scenic landscapes and the high action of boating the emerald waters of the Baker and the golden waters of the Grand will accentuate the need to save pristine wilderness areas for future generations.
Please contact Weston Boyles for more information on how you can sponsor this new film. Weston.Boyles@gmail.com
A benefit for a RÍOS to RIVERS, exchange program between Chilean students
from Aysén Patagonia’s endangered Río Baker and US students from the Colorado River Basin
6:00PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2012
2150 ALLSTON WAY • BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
– With –
Author KENNETH BROWER
Author and Environmental Activist JERRY MANDER
Educator & US-Chilean Environmental Activist DANIEL GONZALEZ
Founder of Project RAFT (Russian & Americans For Teamwork) JIB ELLISON
International Rivers, Patagonia Campaign Coordinator BERKLEE LOWREY-EVANS
Writer SUSAN MUNROE
Artist CHRISTOPHER HASSIG
Filmmaker WESTON BOYLES
TICKETS: $20.00 ONLINE • $25.00 AT DOOR • $10.00 for STUDENTS & ACTIVSTS*
ENDANGERED AYSÉN EVENT INFORMATION:
-DOORS 6:00 PM
Cocktails & Hors D'Oeuvres
Photographer Linde Waidhofer & Author Lito Tejada-Flores have spent the last decade taking photos and writing about the beauty of Asyén Patagonia. To raise awareness for the need to protect of one of the last great wildernesses in the world, they published Unknown Patagonia. The book has gained recognition through out the world as a portrait of an endangered landscape. In many ways their book is for Aysén Patagonia what Elliot Porter's A Place No One Knew, was for Glen Canyon.
-UNKNOWN PATAGONIA SLIDE-SHOW
-7:00 PM SCREENING OF "LOS ESCUALOS: YOUNG CHILEAN KAYAKERS OF PATAGONIA"
For the past 13 years, Club Náutico Escualo, (Escualo = Shark) a youth kayak club in the remote Patagonian town of Cochrane, Chile has taught kids between the ages of 4 and 18 to kayak on the emerald waters of the nearby Baker River. In the process, the club has fostered integrity, community, and love for the environment. Now the Baker and nearby Pascua rivers are threatened by the construction of five mega dams that would destroy the rivers and one of the Earth's last great wilderness areas.
-Weston Boyles Films 2011
Daniel Gonzalez has been involved in conservation work for over twenty years. He was the international coordinator of the campaign to save Chile's Bío Bío River from a similar mega dam project. Daniel remains highly active in the continuing battle for Chile's rivers, and is an excellent spokesman for the importance of Aysén's rivers. He will also share his extensive knowledge about the social and economic history that has led Chile to this energetic crossroads: will Chile continue to follow the antiquated example of other developed countries, or will its leaders make the decision to innovate and do things differently?
International Rivers, Patagonia Campaign Coordinator Berklee Lowrey-Evans will provide an overview of the work International Rivers and the Patagonia Defense Council have been doing to protect Patagonia's rivers.
- 7:30 PM OVERVIEW OF EFFORT TO PROTECT PATAGONIA'S ENDANGERED RIVERS WITH DANIEL GONZALEZ & BERKLEE LOWREY-EVANS
-8:00 - 9:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION WITH KENNETH BROWER, JERRY MANDER,
JIB ELLSION & DANIEL GONZALEZ Moderated By WESTON BOYLES
Kenneth Brower has written a new book about his father David Brower who lead the charge to protect the Grand Canyon from being dammed. The book is called The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower and features a series of interviews with environmental leaders that were inspired by David Brower.
Jerry Mander worked closely with David Brower and the Sierra Club and wrote the famous ad campaign against the dams in Grand Canyon. The full page ads that appeared in the New York Times and other papers were instrumental in shifting public opinion and ultimately preventing the damming of Grand Canyon. He is also the author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and most recently, The Capitalism Papers.
Jib Ellison founded project RAFT (Russians & Americans For Teamwork), a NGO that ran river trip exchange programs between the United States and the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. The goal of the exchanges was to humanize and bring together citizens of the two opposing nations. Jib now works with international corporations to analyze the true costs of the resources they use to provide products that minimize impacts on the environment.
The young Chilean kayakers and students are powerful spokespersons for their rivers. We are excited to give them the opportunity to study the effects of large dams, first hand with scientists in the Grand Canyon. Chile still has many undammed rivers and unlike the United States, Chile has not yet destroyed many of its natural resources for the production of energy. Bringing to life the story of the successful protection of the Grand Canyon will be helpful in inspiring the young Chilean students, to continue fighting intelligently for the protection of Chile's rivers and landscapes.
DETAIL OF MAP OF THE RÍO BAKER BY CHRISTOPHER HASSIG
* If you are a student please email RiosToRivers@gmail.com for discounted tickets