Fighting for South Korea's Rivers

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) has launched a letter-writing campaign to protest the proposed "Great Korea Canal Project," a huge river engineering scheme that would devastate wetlands in South Korea. According to KFEM, "This set of proposed canals would pave over every wetland, mountain, and riverbed in its path. Korea and the world have already lost too many precious wetlands and rivers." Newly elected President Lee Myung-bak is pushing for construction of the $16.8 billion canal project as a way to boos

Indians Protest to Stop Dams on Mother Ganga

Marchers for the Ganga visited 150 villages in 14 river valleys. Here, Alaknanda river valley walkers approach Srinagar.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review For 15 days in January, hundreds of men, women and children marched across river valleys of India's Uttarakhand state to raise awareness about government plans to build dams. The government intends to build 220 large, medium and small dams in the upper reaches of the Ganges River basin, the country's holiest of rivers. Organizers say the scheme will transform the sacred Ganges into a plumbing system with all of the life engineered out of it. "Our lakes and rivers, even the sacred Ganga, are in a rapidly deteriorating state. Our lives, work and cultures are t

China's New Global Role and the Environment

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Presentation by Peter Bosshard, Policy Director, International Rivers Wednesday, February 13, 2008 5:30-6:00pm reception; 6:00pm program The Commonwealth Club 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA Chinese companies are rapidly developing dams, mines and oil projects around the world. Does China's new global role offer an alternative to Western dominance for Southern countries? Or does China's quest for resources spell doom for the world's rivers, forests and climate? What is our responsibility as consumers of products that are made in China? Bosshard will explore

Making Maps that Make a Difference

Thursday, January 11, 2007
A citizens' guide to making and using maps for advocacy workFrom the introduction: The purpose of this guide is to introduce the power and process of mapping for communities facing destructive development projects. Making Maps guide Mapping refers to any process that visually displays information at its location. The perspective could be looking directly down at farm areas, at a vertical slice along a riverbed, or at an angle to the landscape as if flying overhead. Each perspective communicates a different feel and understanding of the data represented. The common factor between them, howev

20 Things You Can Do for Rivers and Rights

The Sandy River in Oregon
The Sandy River in Oregon 1. Find out the name of your home watershed, its major creeks and rivers, and threats that could or are degrading water quality. Get involved with local watershed or river groups (or form one!) to monitor watershed or river health. Check out Waterkeeper Alliance to find your nearest group. 2. Calculate your ecological footprint, then reduce your energy use. Whether your energy supply comes from hydro, coal, oil, natural gas or a mix, electricity production has huge impacts for us all (not the least of which is climate change). Producing electricity also uses lots


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