Setting the Stage
Explain to students that as our perceived need for energy escalates, governments around the world are building hydroelectric dams to produce more electricity. Some of these dams are so massive that they will likely have devastating impacts on the environment and the local communities. Point out that this story was written by a woman who goes to Brazil to document one such project because she believes that bearing witness can make a difference. Ask students whether they can think of an instance (either historical or personal) where "bearing witness" helped shape the outcome. Is "bearing witness" enough to make a change?