pht. Stanisław Rozpędzik
Be a river! Chose your favourite river from your childhood memory or the one which you pass everyday whilst going to work. It can be a big or small river, a stream or a brook. The size doesn’t matter, they all are equally important. They carry water, they carry life. Grab n blue. Join Sisters Rivers! Arrive Raba river, Dunajec river, Białka river, Nida river, San river, Pilica river, Przemsza river, Wda river, Mątowa river… Let’s meet together as all tributaries of Vistula river and demonstrate, that we don’t agree for devastation of the nature.
Sisters rivers have organized numerous happenings in 2018, during which women are getting into rivers and singing a song wrought by Agata Bargiel – holding signs with the names of rivers chosen by them. Conception of the protest is that the sisters, other rivers come to help Vistula river, and women are speaking up on behalf of those rivers. Happenings are accompanied by substantive performances and appeals featuring experts from the Saving Rivers Coalition. One of the most important happenings, was the one near Ciechocinek, in the place where a dam in Siarzewo was planned. The happening was prepared by Sisters Rivers collectively with the Greenpeace foundation.
Akcję wymyśliła i zainicjowała Cecylia Malik następnie zaprosiła do kolektywu Annę Grajewska i Agatę Bargiel, z którymi w 2017 roku działały, jako Matki Polki na Wyrębie.
In case of Poland there is at least few reasons - one of them are plans to build a huge dam on the Vistula in Siarzewo, also planned large scale investments on Odra river.
Today we need rivers for summer recreation and for healthy contact with nature and wildlife. We need the daily life of urban and rural communities to thrive on rivers. Birds, fish, crustaceans and myriads of living creatures of whose existence we’re not even aware but which jointly create this unique ecosystem also need natural, unregulated rivers.
The natural Vistula river in Poland is our national treasure. There is much more of them worldwide - show us your treasure!
In case of Vistula one look at the map suffices to understand how closely it is intertwined with Poland’s history. This large and mostly unregulated river is unique for Europe. Along the Vistula there are 16 nature reserves, 5 landscape parks, 13 protected landscape areas and more than a dozen Natura 2000 sites. In late May this year, large amounts of water were discharged from the Włocławek dam to float a couple of barges from Płock – in the middle of the nesting season of birds (!). The water destroyed the nests, eggs and nestlings of the common tern, the little ringed plover and many other birds. We have already lost the sturgeon, the salmon and the sea trout. If the government’s plans are carried out, we will lose more species and never get them back.
The River Sisters are waiting all across the world!