On March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers, 23 countries’ indigenous, together with thousands of river stewards, defenders, and allies called for the protection of their rivers and rights to manage them, with hundreds more joined in via social media and digital outreach.
“We cannot express our gratitude for these river defenders and stewards enough. In this time of collective uncertainty, they remind us of exactly what is needed – a vision for a healthy future. One in which human and natural life are joined by principles of reciprocity and respect. Where our water sources are protected as our lifeblood. And where the voices of indigenous, and local communities, women, and other marginalized groups are at the forefront. The outpouring of solidarity with #RiversUniteUs (hashtag) during this time is testament to the commitment of so many communities and individuals around the world protecting our vital freshwater,” wrote the International Rivers in its report on March 17.
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