Talking the Amazon with Cameron
On a tear in New York, he spoke before a United Nations committee on aboriginal rights and even launched an environmental scholarship at Brooklyn Tech high school. Not content to stop there, he updated the Avatar website to keep fans informed about environmental issues and sponsored the planting of a million trees around the world as part of Earth Day.
Those are energetic words, but when I saw Cameron speak in New York I got the impression that the director was a little overwhelmed by his new role. When one man stood up and asked Cameron if the director would help to save tribes from going culturally extinct in Colombia, the director frankly admitted he was suffering from “cause fatigue.” Later, when Quichua indigenous women got up and offered Cameron a ceremonial scarf, the director looked slightly taken aback.
And Cameron's already feeling fatigued? After what...a month or two of challenging Brazil's hydroelectric dam? I've been studying Native issues for 20 years and I'm not much more than a dilettante. What does that make Cameron?
As I wrote in Cameron to Visit Oilsands?, start an organization, dude. Use you money to hire people and your clout to bring in other celebrities, open doors, and arrange meetings.
For more on the subject, see Dam Suspended with Cameron's Help and Cameron's Conversion to Environmentalist.