The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that our rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. That everyone should have a say in decisions that affect their water and their lives. That it’s our time to stand up for these rights, now more than ever.

How to Join

  • Use the Day of Action logos posted at the bottom of this page, or create your own art for your action!
  • Post questions, updates, and calls to action on the Day of Action for Rivers Facebook page. Share the page with your friends.
  • Sign up to receive Day of Action for Rivers email updates.
  • Download Day of Action logos for your event below
  • Report back! Send photos and descriptions of your actions to dayofaction@internationalrivers.org

Past Actions

This past International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14, 2020, thousands of river stewards, defenders, and allies took action both in person and online. Despite the health and safety challenges faced by many countries around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, over 50 direct actions were registered across 23 countries/nation-states with hundreds more joining in via social media and digital outreach.

The outpouring of solidarity with #RiversUniteUs during this time is testament to the commitment of so many communities and individuals around the world protecting our vital freshwater.

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.

Read more and check out photos from Day of Action for Rivers events below.

Escuela de Justicia Energética Binacional México-Guatemala

History

The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 – Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams. Our aim on this International Day of Action for Rivers, is to raise our voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of our watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of our rivers.

Logos

Circular logo in color:

Circular logo in black:

Circular logo in white:

Rectangular logo in color:

Rectangular logo in black:

Rectangular logo in white: