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The Sweet River Turned Sour

The Doce River runs red some 50 miles downstream from Mariana, the municipality where the Fundão dam collapsed sending tens of millions of tons of iron tailings into the river. (Zoe Sullivan, 2016)
The Doce River runs red some 50 miles downstream from Mariana, the municipality where the Fundão dam collapsed sending tens of millions of tons of iron tailings into the river. (Zoe Sullivan, 2016)

In April, I accompanied a group of permaculture activists and artists during a trip along Brazil’s Doce River. “Doce” means sweet in Portuguese. They were aiming to connect with different communities to try to identify needs and potential responses to the environmental devastation resulting from the Fundão dam´s collapse on November 5th last year. Environmental news web site Mongabay.com published two reports I produced from this trip. Then first focuses on the impact that the roughly 50 million tons of toxic iron tailings had on the river basin and its communities, while the second examines the range of responses arising from the disaster.