Millions of people and thousands of events, physical and virtual, will mark World Rivers Day 2022 on Sunday, September 25 in what has become one of the biggest environmental celebrations on the planet. With many of the world’s rivers in a degraded state and facing increasing pressures associated with pollution, industrial development and climate change, more than 100 countries will participate in this year’s activities.
The theme for this year’s event is once again “Waterways in Our Communities”, with a focus on both protecting rivers that remain healthy, while working to restore those that have been damaged in the past. Many events this year will also feature several sub-themes, including the all-important connection between the state of our rivers and the state of our oceans, as well as the significant impact that climate change is having on waterways.
“The importance of clean fresh water has been critical in the fight against COVID-19 over the past two and a half years, so World Rivers Day is a timely occasion for literally millions of people around the world. to come together to commemorate the importance of healthy eating and vibrant waterways,” said Mark Angelo, Founder and Chair of World Rivers Day.
This year’s events will be both physical and virtual. Many physical events will focus on educational and public awareness activities, while others will include river cleanups, habitat restoration projects, streamside plantings and community celebrations. along the river. Activities of a digital nature may include school projects, art festivals, launching new campaigns, online essays and poems, digital photo galleries, announcing new research projects, dissemination panels live and virtual film initiatives.
This year is the 17th annual World Rivers Day which has its roots in the great success of British Columbia’s Rivers Day, which is celebrating its 42nd anniversary in Canada’s most westerly province and which Angelo has founded in collaboration with the Outdoor Recreation Council.
“World Rivers Day strives to raise awareness of the importance of our waterways as well as the many threats they face,” said Angelo, Founder of British Columbia and World Rivers Day. and President Emeritus of the Rivers Institute of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. .
“Rivers are an integral part of all life,” added Angelo, who has paddled over 1,000 rivers in over 100 countries, perhaps more than any other. Angelo’s lifelong commitment to river conservation, including the creation of World Rivers Day, has also been the subject of several feature films, including the award-winning RiverBlue and Last Paddle; 1000 rivers, one life.
Endorsed in its first year by the United Nations University and the International Network on Water, Environment and Health, and with groups such as the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Sitka Foundation as lead sponsors, with support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC. World Rivers Day events will take place on 6 continents in countries ranging from Canada to England, USA to India, Australia to Bangladesh, Austria to Nigeria and Mexico to Caribbean countries like Dominica; The list is lengthened increasingly.
“Millions of people, dozens of countries and many international organizations will contribute to World Rivers Day,” says Angelo. “It’s a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy our waterways. At the same time, the event strives to create greater awareness of the urgent need to take better care of our rivers and streams.
In its first decade, World Rivers Day complemented the United Nations Decade of Water for Life and continues to do so within the current United Nations International Decade of Action: Water for sustainable development.
Angelo, a recipient of the Order of Canada in recognition of his global river conservation efforts and the first recipient of a United Nations stewardship award, originally founded BC Rivers Day in British Columbia in 1980 in conjunction with the ‘Outdoor Recreation Council of BC. . He then successfully lobbied many organizations as well as UN agencies to recognize World Rivers Day in 2005.
All countries are encouraged to participate. More information is available at http://worldriversday.com/.
For more information, contact Dave Pinton at 778-808-5661 or Mark Angelo at 778-865-2375.