The Ongoing Danger of Large-Scale Mining on the Rio Doce: An Account of Brazil’s Largest Biocultural Disaster
Bento Rodrigues was a community with a deep sense of belonging. On November 5, 2015, its people had to watch their houses, stories, and ways of life destroyed in a matter of minutes after the fatal rupture of the Samarco/Vale/BHP tailings dam. Almost a year later, September 24, 2016, people said a last good-bye to the place during the feast of Our Lady of Mercy among its ruins. Bento Rodrigues would be covered by water after the construction of the S4 dike, to block the tailings still coming down from the Fundão dam.
KeywordsBiocultural ethics Biocultural homogenization Governance Socio-environmental justice River
This work was supported by undergraduate students from Univale, Iesmy Elisa Gomes Mifarreg (Law) and Natália Moreira Ferreira (Civil Engineering), from the scientific initiation program. We are grateful for the close reading and extensive editing of Irene J. Klaver and Brian C. O’Connor.
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