Announcing the 14th International Day of Action For Rivers

Kate Ross

Be Inspired, Get Creative, Take Action!

Harness the Creative Power of Our Global Movement for Rivers and Rights

On March 14, 2011 unite with communities around the world and take part in the fourteenth Annual International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life. Be inspired to hold your own creative action: Express your love for rive

rs through music and dance, speak out against human rights violations with paintings and photographs, and call for a better energy and water management model through poetry and words.

Add your voice to this expanding international movement.

In October, hundreds of grassroots activists gathered in Temacapulín, Mexico for the Third International Meeting of Dam Affected People and Their Allies. The meeting reinforced just how global the movement has become, with participants from Iran, Kenya, Thailand and beyond. The message of Rivers for Life 3: We Are Not Alone. It is when we come together that we truly feel the strength and power of this movement.

Thirteen years ago, in Curitiba, Brazil, the final declaration from the First International Meeting of Dam-Affected People and Their Allies stated: "To symbolize our growing unity, we declare that the 14 of March, the Brazilian Day of Struggles Against Dams, will from now on become the International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life."

And now, it is with a renewed feeling of community and solidarity that we approach this year's International Day of Action for Rivers. March 14 is a perfect time to harness the creative powers of our collective movement; to build on the strength of Rivers for Life 3, and all of our struggles and successes.

Rivers for Life, Not for Death!
¡Ríos Para la Vida, No Para la Muerte!
Les Rivières Pour la Vie, Non Pas Pour la Mort!
Rios Para a Vida, Não Para a Morte!

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Visit the Day of Action for Rivers page for more information and examples of actions taken over the past thirteen years.