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International Rivers Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[E]fficiency represents an opportunity to reduce the need for electrical generation and consequently the need for obsolete or new hydro-power dams. Energy efficiency measures can reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, save money and create jobs…

While end-use efficiency has huge potential throughout the United States and the world, new sources of energy supply are often still required… that are less damaging than dams, fossil fuels or nuclear power…

Finding sources that are less damaging than dams is highly site
specific and variable. Options include wind power, solar power, fuel cells and microturbines, geothermal power, biogas, ocean power, and others.”

“Energy,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)


“We seek a world in which rivers and the life they support are valued, and where all people have a voice in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods. We work toward a world where everyone has access to clean water and energy, and where development projects neither degrade nature nor destroy communities.

Based in five continents, our staff has expertise in dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We work with a global network of dam-affected people, environmentalists, human rights advocates and experts who are committed to fighting destructive river projects and promoting better alternatives.

International Rivers (formerly known as International Rivers Network or IRN), was founded in 1985 and the focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa.”

“About International Rivers,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)


“International Rivers’ mission is to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. We oppose destructive dams and the development model they advance, and encourage better ways of meeting people’s needs for water, energy and protection from damaging floods. To achieve this mission, we collaborate with a global network of local communities, social movements, non-governmental organizations and other partners. Through research, education and advocacy, International Rivers works to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects, improve development policies and practices, and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.”

“Mission,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)

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