Leonardo DiCaprio, icon and star of Hollywood, joined the campaign and appeal for the protection of the Vjosa river in Albania by posting an Associated Press note on his Instagram profile.
The American actor expressed his opposition to the decision to build hydroelectric power plants (well 45 - 8 along the main course and 37 along the tributaries) along the Vjosa river, one of the last wild rivers of Europe.
The Oscar winner shared on his profile the video and note published by the Associated Press regarding the unique characteristics of the Vjosa River.
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#Regram #RG @apnews: This is one of Europe's last wild rivers. But for how long? The Vjosa river runs through the forest-covered slopes of Greece's Pindus mountains to Albania's Adriatic coast. Albania's government has set up motion plans to dam the Vjosa countries, with the intent to build eight dams along the main river. It is part of a world hydropower boom, mainly in Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and less developed parts of Europe. Some tout hydropower as a reliable, cheap and renewable energy source that helps curb dependence on planet-warming fossil fuels. But some recent studies of hydropower's value in the fight against global warming. Critics say the benefits of hydropower are overstated - and outweighed by the harm dams can do.ams Dams the natural flow of water and sediment. They can change the chemistry of water and cause toxic algae to grow. Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. They make water for food, food production, and industry. "For more, visit the AP news story." #APVideo Felipe Dana @felipedana
Leonardo DiCaprio and the environment
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most committed film stars on the environmental front. For years he has been fighting to raise public awareness, as well as acting in person to stop land degradation.
The Associated Press post
"This is one of the last wild rivers in Europe. But for how long? The Vjosa River flows through the forest-covered slopes of the Pindus Mountains of Greece to the Adriatic coast of Albania.
The Albanian government has set in motion plans to stem the river in order to generate the electricity needed for one of the poorest countries in Europe and with the intention of building eight dams along the main course. It is part of the global hydroelectric energy boom, mainly in Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and the least developed countries of Europe.
Some propose hydroelectric power as a reliable, economical and renewable source of energy, and that helps to curb the dependence on fossil fuels that overheat the planet. However, some recent studies question the value of hydropower in the fight against global warming.
Critics claim that the benefits of hydropower are overrated and balanced by the damage that dams can cause. Dams block the natural flow of water and sediments; in addition, they can change the chemical composition of water and cause the growth of toxic algae.
Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. They act as arteries of nature, transporting energy and nutrients through vast landscapes, and supplying drinking water, as well as water for food and industrial production."- says the Associated Press post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio on Instagram.