Mar 13 2008

International Day of Action for Rivers – For the first time in Iceland

The International Day of Action for Rivers will take place tomorrow, Friday March 14th, the 11th year now. The day is meant to bring attention to the necessity of rivers and that their path is not changed by men´s hands. Dams and reservoirs have big negative impact on nature, animal life and human societies by the rivers and the constructions will never be taken back. A lot of events, demonstrations and actions can be expected.

In Iceland the day will now be celebrated for the first time and at this moment two events have been advertised.

Friends of the Þjórsá River are going to meet by Urriðafoss waterfall and read poetry from 20:00 – 21:00þ The waterfall is now in its “winter costume” and people are asked to come and take a look at it and at the same time show solidarity and support with it, the Þjórsá river and the people fighting against Landsvirkjun´s plans (the national energy company) to dam the lower part of the river. (More about the dams here)

In Café Hljómalind (Laugarvegur 23, Reykjavík), Saving Iceland has organized a movie/discussion evening. The idea is to show short movies connected to the day, about the global impact of heavy industry and big dams. Between movies there will be discussions which will hopefully lead to further actions.

More information about the International Day of Action for Rivers can be found here.