In April 2012, co-founder of Rios Libres, James “Q” Martin arrived in Santiago on the heels of the landmark decision that approved a proposal to dam two of Patagonia’s pristine rivers, the Baker and the Pascua.
Amidst the chaos of protests, Q travelled the length of Chile to create Streams of Consequence. The result is a solution-based documentary that addresses the difficult, unanswered questions including, “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?”
Learn more and take action at rioslibres.com.
James ‘Q’ Martin
Flagstaff based photographer and filmmaker James ‘Q’ Martin was born in the Arizona desert and raised in remote reaches of Alaska. Q has an intimate relationship with the outdoor world and a talent for capturing brilliant images. Leading companies, such as Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia, have sent him around the globe to capture the infinite and limitless beauty of our planet. On a recent trip to South America, Q documented the course of Chile’s largest river, the Baker, as it travels from source to sea. The stunning imagery he captured tells the story of an imminent threat to one of the Earth’s last remaining wild places.
Q cofounded the Rios Libres Project (RL) with Chris Kassar in 2010. RL is a non-profit organization formed to bring global awareness to what is happening in Patagonia. Chile has formed an ill-conceived plan to build mega hydroelectric dams on five of its largest rivers, including the Baker. The intent of RL is to further support the existing campaign and incites action at a local, national and international level.