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Endesa just gave up on the Futaleufu River! 
Now let's protect it together.
Dear Reader,

I am so happy to bring you good news! This month Endesa finally gave up trying to dam the Futaleufu, after more than 20 years. This is tremendous news for our community and river lovers all over the world.

A lot of important people joined us in sharing the good news. Outside Magazine told the world why the fight is far from over. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance (pictured with me to the left), penned a powerful piece about dams and democracy. Chilean actress and activist Juanita Ringeling (see below) congratulated our community and called for a change to the paradigm. Her viral video reached tens of thousands of people here in Chile.

Then last week, Leonardo DiCaprio, known all over the planet for his environmental work and beloved in my home country, told the world he was inspired by all the activists in Chile who fought for 20 years to protect the Futa. This is truly a historic movement for my country, and for people like you who love this river! 

But we're not over yet! Now is the time to join forces and roll out a plan that makes sure this river doesn't get claimed by another company. And you can help.

With your help, we can take two very important steps over the next year: 1) try to obtain the water rights for conservation purposes before another energy company gets them, and 2) petition the government to declare the Futaleufu a Reserva de Agua. I have already met with the Governor of the Province and the current Mayor of Futaleufu to unveil our plans and ask for their support. We are working around the clock to talk to neighbors and ask for them to participate over the radio. I also gave several interviews in Chile, which you can read by visiting our website.

I would also like to ask you for your support. We have a plan but we need financial support to make it happen, both to do the legal work and to sustain the campaign over the next year. I hope you will consider joining the celebration by making a donation today. We are a very small organization, so every dollar helps.

Now more than ever, you can help get the Futaleufu River back into the hands of the public, where it should have been all along.

Thank you so much!

Abrazos,

Rocio Gonzalez Saldivia
Executive Director
Futaleufú Riverkeeper
September 20, 2016
Chile's Best Whitewater Rivers Won't be Dammed - For Now
Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer broke the news about Endesa relinquishing its rights to dam the Futaleufu. " They’re literally just giving up and exiting these watersheds,” says Patrick Lynch, staff attorney and international director at Futaleufu Riverkeeper, a nonprofit offshoot of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance....  

                                        
Read the Article on Outside Online
Chilean Actress Juana Ringeling Congratulates Futaleufu
Chilean actress and activist Juana Ringeling sent out a congratulatory video to the people of Futaleufu. The post includes her call to change the paradigm in Chile and pass water code reforms that will help end the privatization of rivers. Juana, who currently lives in L.A., is beloved in her home country. With over 40,000 views the clip has officially gone viral! Nothing like some celebrity support to help draw attention to such an important issue. Juana has also been tweeting the news and is very active in causes in Chile. Thank you Juana!

You can also follow Juana's Instagram or Twitter.
A 20-Year David and Goliath Fist Fight
The Kennedy family have fought for decades against corporate greed and the privatization of water rights. This piece by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talks about dams and democracy in Chile.

This is worth the read for anyone who wants to know the fascinating story of how Chile's rivers were stolen from the people, and how we're gonna get them back.

Click here to read A History of Democracy and Free-Flowing Rivers, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (pictured to the right at The Explorers Club in April 2015, giving a speech about the Futaleufu. Photo by Lacy Kiernan.)
Leonardo DiCaprio sharing the News with the World!
Too often, communities like ours face an uphill battle trying to protect our homes. The story of the Futaleufu is an inspiration not just for other communities around the world but also for prominent environmental advocates. This is what Oscar-winning actor and activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, had to say about the news:

" Inspired by these activists who accomplished a huge victory for Patagonia’s Futaleufu River. They’re a great example of what a few people can do with dedication."

Click to see the post and learn about DiCaprio's other causes here. 
Cautious Optimism over Endesa Decision - Patagon Journal
¨Futaleufú Riverkeeper executive director Rocío González called Endesa's surprising move a victory for everyone who lives near the Futaleufu River in the Palena province of Chile. “We now call upon the government and policymakers to listen to the people and agree that our rivers are important enough to protect permanently.¨ ....
                                         
Read on Patagon Journal
Now that momentum in Chile is on our side and the world is watching, your support is needed more than ever. If you live or work in the U.S., you can make a donation through Waterkeeper Alliance by visiting their website, selecting "Other" and designating your gift to Futaleufu. You can also share this email with your network and encourage them to give. Click here if you would like to make a gift.

Thank you! - The Futaleufu Riverkeeper Team
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