*a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream*
What is a River?
Is it a hindrance?
Something we must overcome?
Something we must tame and conquer?
Is it a free-flowing state of tranquility and safety?
A place of peace?
Is a river a resource we abuse?
Is it a source of life?
Funny how all of these questions can be answered so simply with one word:
Yes, it’s true.
A river is a hindrance and many have been tamed.
It is also a place of peace and has been badly abused.
What is the purpose of a river?
To provide for us as a growing population?
To give us water?
To give us power?
To connect us through travel?
To give us recreation?
To feed us?
To provide for the ecosystems our earth depends on?
To house fish?
To take excess rain water?
To create habits?
To feed forests?
Again, all these questions can be answered with
one single word….
How can a river be a million things at once?
A valuable resource
A slave to our every desire…
*used in a wrong or inappropriate way*
*treated with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly*
Are rivers abused?
Do we use them inappropriately?
Is cutting a rivers free flow with a massive piece of concrete for only our benefit cruel?
Is cutting the passage of spawning fishing violent?
Does this occur regularly?
Is flooding habits and homes inappropriate?
Is dumping waste from mining into rivers wrong?
The answer is
Why must we control the rivers?
Because we fear them?
Because it’s easier to abuse them than care for them?
Because we are lazy?
Because countries in the past damned their rivers and it brought them wealth?
Because humans are selfish?
Because we cannot see the big picture?
Because money is what matters?
*a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, forming a reservoir used to generate electricity or a water supply*
Choke our rivers?
Create sediment build up and clog their arteries?
Hinder the fish from reaching their spawning grounds?
Obstruct natural habitats?
Create scares on the earth?
Barricade us from the future?
The same answer comes back into play…
*retrieve or preserve (something) from potential loss or adverse circumstances*
Can we save our rivers?
Can we conserve our rivers?
Can we undo the harm we’ve done?
If we remove dams and pollution will rivers heal themselves?
Are our rivers in a state of adverse circumstances?
Rivers are amazing.
They give us life
They give us wealth
They are an essential piece of the worlds puzzle
A piece we must
Rivers will give us what we give them
Do rivers deserve respect and rights?
Are rivers necessary to human life?
Then why don’t we act ? ?
Written by: Stephanie Glouteney
Photography by: Abe Herrera and Kalob Grady