Sarah Bardeen

Job title:
Former Communications Director
Personal bio:
Sarah has worked as a writer, editor and communications consultant for over 15 years. She's written about a wide range of issues over the years, including affordable housing, health equity, sweatshop labor, environmental justice, urban sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. As a music critic, her work has appeared on NPR and in numerous online and print publications.
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 16:44
Honduran lawyer Carlos Hernandez was dedicated to protecting a community that was peacefully resisting a hydropower project on its local river. Now he's dead.
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 15:05
The 2018 Day of Action for Rivers saw over 140 events in 46 countries. See the face of this incredible grassroots, global movement for rivers!
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 13:54
Meet the phenomenal Congolese women’s rights activist who works every day to empower rural women to claim their rights to energy and water.
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 16:03
Two years ago on March 2, Honduran river defender Berta Cáceres was assassinated for protecting the Gualcarque River from a dam. Today, the president of the dam company was arrested as the "intellectual author" of her murder.
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 15:10
Rivers are not only about irrigation and hydropower and water supply. They are also about divinity, love, joy, music, dizzy whirling and an upward glance.
Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 14:45
Tensions have been rising between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan for months, as Ethiopia nears the completion of Africa’s largest dam. Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here are ten facts to get you up to speed.
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:55
It is with great sadness we share the news that our friend and former Patagonia Campaign Director, Aaron Sanger, has passed away.
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:11
Last week, Kenyan police officers shot and killed a man who was protesting the construction of the controversial Bonyunyu Dam. Locals claim thousands will be displaced, and they're demanding public consultation. So why are the Dutch and Germans still supporting this project?
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 14:33
Author and freshwater expert Sandra Postel talks with us about her new book, Replenish. She discusses how we've broken the water cycle, and how people right now are doing things to fix it.
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 15:44
We’re pleased to announce a stellar addition to our leadership team: Meghan Wagner joins us today as our Development Director. Meghan will be based in Seattle, and will work with our global staff.
Date: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 13:30
This past year has been eventful and chaotic. We take a step back from the hyper-stimulation to take a look at the bigger picture that emerged around water, energy and human rights this year. Join us on a journey through 2017!
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:49
As Honduras remains in suspended animation in the wake of a contested presidential election, the military is continuing to intimidate ordinary citizens, including members of our partner organization COPINH.
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00
Iranian news is reporting that the country's Ministry of Energy has canceled 50 planned dams, due to a lack of rainfall. The culprit? Climate change.
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:16
The inspiring and dedicated Indian river activist Latha Anantha has died. We remember her life and work.
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:53
In a fitting end to an extended struggle, energy companies Endesa and Colbún have agreed to return water rights to the Baker and Pascua rivers to the Chilean government, reports Chilean paper La Tercera.
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 00:17
Last month, representatives of civil society organizations from five countries came together in Kathmandu, Nepal for a three-day workshop to find ways to improve transboundary planning and management in the Brahmaputra River basin.
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:22
It's time to permanently protect our rivers! It's one of the best ways to cope with the increasing floods and droughts of climate change, as well as the ongoing loss of biodiversity, food security issues, and so much more.
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 13:25
We are thrilled to share the news that Antônia Melo, tireless champion of the Amazon and its people, has been awarded the Alexander Soros Foundation Award for 2017!
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 09:19
For many river communities, a river is life. It plays many roles: It’s both a highway that enables them to travel and trade, and a supermarket that supplies food and drink. But too often, decisions about a river’s future don’t rest in the hands of those who know it best.
Date: Monday, October 9, 2017 - 09:16
In recent years, the silencing, disappearance and assassination of environmental and indigenous defenders has become tragically common. These people are not just fighting for their own communities -- they’re fighting for all of us. We owe it to them to make the world safe for their courageous work.
Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:04
Water is a human right. Though it underpins life and ecosystems, far too often it's treated solely as a commodity. That's why we must shift corporate practices so that they respect people, water and the environment...not just profit.
Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 14:52
This week, we're sharing in-depth pieces about how we'll push river protection forward for the next five years. We start with strengthening movements, because we can’t protect rivers without a powerful, connected and informed movement.
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:08
The fight to save rivers is heating up in Eastern Europe. Last week, river defenders in Bosnia and Herzogovina transformed the face of a failed dam into a rallying cry for Eastern Europe's pro-river movement.
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:39
Patagonia's magnificent Puelo River faces ongoing threats from development. Now we're working to win permanent legal protection for this ecological treasure.
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:16
On Sunday, July 16, 200 representatives of the indigenous Munduruku nation occupied São Manoel Dam, halting construction and demanding dam developers respect their rights and restore the remains of their ancestors.
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:32
Young activists are embracing river restoration in Iraq. Can saving the Tigris River and the Iraqi Marshes act as a force for peace in one of the world's most war-torn regions?
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 09:05
In many parts of the world, women and girls bear the burden of providing water to their families. But when it comes to decision-making around freshwater, they're usually excluded. Meet three women who are changing that equation.
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 17:39
Ellen Wohl, river researcher and professor of geology at Colorado State University, shares a poetic meditation on the importance of small streams.

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