Here in the US, we’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday of gratitude for the basics in life – nourishing food and close kinship with family and friends. Around my family’s table, we also give thanks to living rivers for the role they play in sustaining critical ecosystems and the daily nourishment they provide for millions of people across the world.
At International Rivers, me and my colleagues work every day with communities from the Amazon to the Zambezi to stand up against destructive mega-dams, shift investments toward truly sustainable energy alternatives, and scale up community-led solutions. But we can’t do this work without the growing number of people around the world who make up this global movement for healthy rivers and human rights.
In this season of gratitude for all that’s essential, I’m hoping you’ll show your support for rivers and make a generous contribution to International Rivers.
International Rivers works at the grassroots level while also influencing the highest levels of power. And that’s why we need people like you. The support of people in this movement allows us to say Yes! to sustainable local power and No! to more destructive big dams.
While many folks are caught up in shopping for holiday gifts, we’re vigilantly focused on supporting river-dependent people in Latin America, Africa and Asia who are threatened by destructive energy projects. They’re championing alternatives to big dams so that they can maintain livelihoods built on the bounty of healthy rivers.
And when they succeed, another river continues flowing naturally. That’s something we can all be thankful for, no matter where we live or which holidays we celebrate.