NI538 - Rivers of Life - July/August 2022
The wellsprings of ancient human civilizations, rivers are rightly called the arteries of life; we draw upon them in order to farm, drink and fish. Though the richest habitats for biodiversity, they are seeing the swiftest decline in species, as they are blocked, diverted, overexploited and polluted by human activity.
Traditional and Indigenous cultures have had the wisest, most sustainable conception of living in harmony with rivers and they offer the best insights into how to protect them from depredations in the name of progress.
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In our July-August edition we report on how Indigenous movements are fighting for change from in Peru, Mongolia and the US – by demanding legal protection for rivers as living beings, an end to polluting activity and campaigning for dams to be removed. We also make the case for more enlightened governance, both nationally and globally.
Elsewhere in the issue, we report on the renewed arms race in Europe in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, how Haiti has driven out cholera, and the protest value of underwear.
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