10 Years of Celebrating the International Day of Action for Rivers!
Klamath Basin Tribes and allies from commercial fishing and conservation organizations stage a rally at the bi-annual meeting of the international hydropower industry -- Hydrovision 2006. The Tribes are calling for the removal of PacifiCorp's four Klamath River dams to help restore Klamath salmon runs.
Photo by: Patrick McCully
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On March 14, 2007, communities around the world celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life. For the first time since the inauguration of the event, over 100 actions mobilized, educated and inspired groups across the globe. Tens of thousands of people from at least 30 countries united in areas where rivers and communities are impacted by destructive river-development schemes. On and around March 14th, the world witnessed actions ranging from dam-site blockades to large urban protests; children’s art activities to public seminars; spiritual ceremonies to boat trips down threatened rivers.
South America alone organized over 25 actions, including events in the 8 major Brazilian city centers and a week-long campaign of activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Africa, a march over the Katse Dam in Lesotho, a major political debate in Cameroon and an advocacy campaign in Senegal, along with actions in four other countries comprised the greatest number of countries represented in any single region. In California, IRN hosted our own local event with the Karuk Tribe of California -- a film screening on the Klamath River crisis that was followed by a dynamic speakers panel of representatives from groups and experts involved in the issue, including members of the Karuk Tribe.
As the most active year in its history, the 10th Anniversary of the International Day of Action for Rivers clearly demonstrated that mobilization against dams, for river restoration and water rights is gaining momentum internationally, offering hope for even stronger representation in coming years, as communities and their quality of life continue to be threatened by destructive development projects.
Join us by organizing your own action in 2008!
Download Day of Action Materials!
IRN has a full color one-page brochure to inspire groups to participate in the Day of Action. Download the brochure (PDF, 2 MB) or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies.
IRN has a four-page fact sheet describing past actions around the world. Download the fact sheet (PDF, 1.5 MB). Currently available for download only.