1047 swimwear costumes for 1047 km of natural Vistula River!
The aim of this year's campaign, conducted in the framework of the project Sisters Rivers, is to illustrate the benefits of social, economic and natural benefits of having unregulated rivers.
The theme of this artistic action was as follow:
''Be a river! Choose your beloved childhood river or the one you pass every day on your way to work. It can be a large or small river it can be a stream. Size doesn't matter, they're all just as important. They carry water, they carry life. Write the name of your river on a piece of paper or a cardboard, dress in the colour of water (hence blue swimming costumes) and enter the river up to your knees. Join the River Sisters! Come along the Rabo, Dunajec, Białko, Nido, Sana, Pilico, Przemsza, Wdo, Mątowo and other rivers ... Let's meet together like numerous tributaries of the Vistula River and let's manifest that we do not agree with destroying this precious river.''
Sisters Rivers is a socio-artistic action invented by Cecylia Malik and other activists from the collective of the Polish Mother at Wyręba in protection of the last natural rivers of Europe, among them - Vistula - against government plans for regulation of the Polish waterway E 40 and construction of a new large dam on the Vistula in Siarzewo. The action was created to promote the demands of the Save the Rivers Coalition.
Save the Rivers Coalition brings together organisations which protect Poland’s rivers, streams and wetlands, as well as scientists, individuals, local authorities and institutions, for whom the fate of Polish rivers and ecosystems are important.
Coalition works actively in the international field following "rivers have no boundaries" attitude.
''The motive for its creation were the implemented and planned projects making Polish rivers and natural water resources – despite Poland’s membership in the EU,
accepting the requirements of Water Framework Directive and further amendments of the Water Act – more and more intensively exploited, altered and transformed.
The mechanism of degradation of Polish rivers mostly comprises of the strengthening investment pressure – plans of implementing several thousands river-
transforming investments in Poland. Many of these investment plans are based on the anachronistic approach to regulating, shaping and maintaining waters and to
protection against floods – whereas, in our opinion, it is in the best interests of the state and its citizens to leave the “space for rivers” and protect and recreate space
for natural retention. Such, much more environment-oriented approach seems to be much better for mitigating the effects of floods and droughts, limiting the costs of
constructing and maintaining hydrotechnical infrastructure, as well as for maintaining the natural heritage of Polish rivers and their valleys as a component of the natural
heritage of Europe.''
You can read about the Coalition and its actions here
To read more about Sister Rivers action follow their blog here