The Brazilian government is planning a series of large hydroelectric dams on the Amazon's principal tributary, the Madeira River. These dams will cause enormous environmental impacts, and activists are mobilizing to argue against their construction.
On March 14, 2013, about 2,000 internally displaced people and villagers from the Wei Gyi dam area gathered at Ei Htu Hta Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the Salween riverbank to mark the International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers in an event organized by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW) and its local member Salween Eyes (SEE). The event was organized to raise local voices about current and future impacts and included environmental activists from other areas. The ceremony was also attended by community leaders from Dawei, who are resisting massive development projects in thei
Maryam Moradi shares her story about the Sirvan and Cani Bell rivers in Western Iran. In honor of the March 14, 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, we are gathering river stories to inspire, engage, and connect with one another. Learn more about the International Day of Action for Rivers.
Dr. Yu Xiaogang talks about the work of Green Watershed to protect one of China's last largely free-flowing rivers, the Nu (also known as the Salween). In Chinese with English captions (watch on YouTube to turn on English subtitles). Photos courtesy of Green Watershed, Green Earth Volunteers, Heng Duan Shan Society, and International Rivers. Learn more about the Nu River. In honor of the 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, please tell us the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would love to receive short videos or audio recordings
Dipti Bhatnagar tells us her story about falling in love with the Narmada River, and about the movement to protect the people who depend on the Narmada. Learn more about our work and the Narmada here. In honor of the 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, please tell us the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would love to receive short videos or audio recordings of your stories. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Damocracy is a film about the cultural and natural heritage the world could lose if two controversial large-scale dams are built despite widespread opposition and resistance – the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon and the Ilisu Dam in southeast Turkey.
Daniel Ribeiro tells us his story about falling in love with and fighting for the Zambezi River. Learn more about our work and the Zambezi here. In honor of the 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, please tell us the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would love to receive short videos or audio recordings of your stories. Send submissions to email@example.com
In this series of photographs and video, award-winning Thai photojournalist Suthep Kritsanavarin has chronicled the day to day life of people living near the Xayaburi Dam site on the Mekong River. As the first hydropower dam planned in a cascade of eleven large projects located on the Lower Mekong River mainstream, these photographs depict the beauty and the close interconnection between the river and the life and livelihoods of some of the people whose lives will forever be changed with the building of the Xayaburi Dam. To view the photographs: To view the video:
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