Skip to main content

Destructive hydro-power projects, mining, oil extraction, pollution continue to choke rivers

Statement on this year’s International Day of Action for Rivers by the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), a global network of Indigenous Peoples rights activists, advocates, and organizations committed to advancing the rights of indigenous peoples to self determination, land and life:
***
Great rivers gave birth to ancient civilizations and today, they hold the key to a future with rich water biodiversity, energy sources, food and livelihood. Free-flowing rivers are one with the identity, traditional wisdom, culture and territories of Indigenous Peoples.
Let us remember that this day is born out of the struggle of water defenders everywhere. This day is when dam affected indigenous communities and peoples raise their voices in unison against destructive projects, to reclaim the health of waters, and demand equitable and sustainable future of rivers.
This day is also a day to honor the many heroes and martyrs who lay their lives in defense of rivers and indigenous peoples’ rights.
And the fight is not over. Destructive hydro-power projects, mining, oil extraction and pollution continue to choke our rivers.
Capitalist powers, international finance institutions, extractive businesses, transnational corporations and the governments continue to be the biggest problems of rivers. And for what? For selfish interests and superprofits. We can hear the same lies of “clean energy” and greenwashing about mega-dams and giant hydro power projects.
The false narratives of so-called development of rivers drowns not only our ecosystem, biodiversity, indigenous communities dependent on the rivers but also our future. The profit-oriented power and water sourcing can never hide behind the irreversible damage and climate crisis contribution of mega-dams, extractives and corporate industries.
Massive human rights violations, forced displacement and relocation, criminalization, militarization and killings with impunity became the norm for those defending their rights and their rivers. Justice and accountability remains elusive while dissent and resistance in defense of rivers become death sentences.
But the fight for the future of our rivers will flow. We deserve people controlled sustainable water and energy sources free from onerous loans and debts. At the center of river management is democratic participation and protection of our planet. Our rivers and resources must benefit community and local development, not the interest of the imperialist and few elites.
We are linking together in reclaiming our rivers in the fight for our future. Defend our rivers, uphold Indigenous Peoples rights over their lands and waters.
It’s time to moratorium on all destructive hydro power and mining projects affecting our rivers.
Let’s demand for justice and reparations for all the communities and water defenders victims of rights violations by government forces and corporations.
A brighter alternative is possible in a sustainable, free and just world away from the current world order that puts profit over people.
#FightForOurRivers!
#Fight4OurFuture!

Comments

TRENDING

'Modi govt's assault on dissent': Foreign funds of top finance NGO blocked

By Rajiv Shah  In a surprise move, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has cancelled the foreign funding license of the well-known advocacy group, Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), known for critically examining India's finance and banking sectors from human rights and environmental angle.

'Wedding of the century': What does Mukesh Ambani want to prove by such extravaganza?

By NS Venkataraman*  Mukesh  Ambani,   a renowned Indian industrialist who is said to be the richest person in India and  one of the richest persons in the world,   has just now conducted the wedding celebration of  his son in Mumbai,   with unheard level of lavishness in India.

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

'28% rise in sedition cases': Top global NGO alliance rates India's civil space 'repressed'

By Rajiv Shah Rating India's civic space as repressed , Civicus, a global civil society alliance, in its new report submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on the state of civic space in the country has said that the use of sedition law against the Modi government’s critics continues. "Under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sedition cases have increased by 28 per cent with over 500 cases against more than 7,000 people", it says.

How US is using Tibetans to provoke conflict with China 'ignoring' India

By Lobsang Tenzin*  On July 12, US President Joe Biden signed the Resolve Tibet Act, and Tibetans cheered for it, believing that the law promotes a resolution of the dispute between Tibet and China. Is this true? First, let's look at the issue of the ownership of Tibet. 

Over 3.8 billion animals at risk: India on crossroad in animal welfare practices

By Rupali Soni*  In a collaborative effort, the India Animal Fund and Dasra have unveiled their report , "Our Shared Future | Securing Animal Welfare, Human Wellbeing, and Sustainability in India." This landscape report provides a thorough overview of animal welfare and underscores its indispensable role within India's socio-economic and ecological frameworks. It also illustrates how animal welfare is intricately intertwined with public health, labor welfare, and climate resilience.

Tribals from 60 villages observe seed festival to 'protect' diversity of indigenous seeds

By Bharat Dogra*  Nearly sixty villagers are sitting on an open floor covered by a roof for shade but otherwise open on all sides. Women and men are present in equal numbers but the visibility of women is higher because of their colorful dresses.

Misleading ads 'manipulate, seduce, lure' to market unhealthy harmful food

By Our Representative  The Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest (NAPI) in its new report “50 Shades of Food Advertising” has sought to expose how seductive, luring, manipulative or deceptive these advertisements can be. Consequences of such advertising are increased intake of unhealthy food products that is associated with obesity and diabetes, it says.