JAMES Q MARTIN
CONSERVATION • FILM • PHOTO

rios libres


Rios Libres: Environmental Dispatches

Episode 1 of the short online series 'Rios Libres: Environmental Dispatches'. In this episode Q meets the gauchos and inhabitants of Patagonia. He hears their stories and learns how their lives would be disrupted by the dams and modernization of the area.

 
 

Episode 2 of the short online series 'Rios Libres: Evironmental Dispatches'. In this episode we explore America's love affair with the dam, its outdated technology, and what damming the river would mean logistically for patagonia and its inhabitants. At what cost does this industrialization come at for the people and the environment?

 
 

Episode 3 of the short online series 'Rios Libres: Evironmental Dispatches'. In this episode we learn of the hypocrisies of damming patagonia to fuel the mining in the north when it has some of the richest solar potential in the world. We hear other options for renewable fuel and how they actually are even cheaper now than the proposed dam project.

 
 

Episode 4 of the short online series 'Rios Libres: Evironmental Dispatches'. In this episode we see the reactions of Chileans, rioting in the streets to protect patagonia - the david & goliath fight that is happening. We also hear how amazing patagonia is and why it needs to be saved. Come visit, you will see why its worth protecting.



Streams of Consequence

In summer 2010, photographer James ‘Q’ Martin and conservation biologist Chris Kassar started an organization called Rios Libres. The organization uses multi-media to join the fight to protect the wild lands of Patagonia from proposed dams that threaten two of the most pristine rivers in one of the world’s most spectacular regions. Last April, Q traveled south once again and landed in the thick of some of the largest anti-dam protests the country has ever seen. He captured historic footage of the protests, then spent nine weeks traveling the length of the country talking to gauchos, scientists, activists and the public in search of answers. The result is a solution-based film that addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered in Rios Libres’s first film: “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?”