World Rivers Day

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Tomorrow is World Rivers Day

I am lucky living next to open spaces and walking a mile or so along the riverbank helped during lockdown

So what you might say, there seems to be a special day for something or other every day! And you’d be right. There are so many how much attention is paid to all but the most well-known?

Founded sixteen years ago, the idea was based on a day that had been celebrated in Canada since the 1980’s when Mark Angelo set up BC (British Columbia) Rivers Day to celebrate his local rivers.

Today the idea is that the day should highlight the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world.

Why should we think about our waterways be they canals, rivers, creeks, streams or ponds?

Because during the pandemic they seem to have become increasingly important to people. As people were only allowed one hour a day for exercise and then gradually more, nearby rivers and streams became part of the exercise walk that people did. And as they made it a regular habit, the importance of rivers and the wildlife, the tranquillity and the ease to get maintain distancing encouraged more people to appreciate our waterways.

During lockdown, walking along the Teifi (my local river) in West Wales began to get quite busy as more and more people began to explore the riverbanks. I and others that live locally. We have otters, kingfishers and an array of wild birds at the marshy area of the estuary. But even without these water is restful as the Chinese found out many millenia ago. Find a Chinese garden around the world without a water feature.

Whilst the Danube, the Siene, the Tiber and other rivers in Europe might attract river cruises in normal times, our own rivers and little streams proved to be attractions at a time when we couldn’t go far.

When things do return to normal will those same people walk the riverbanks or will they forget that some attractions are on their own doorsteps?

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