knit a river

Gerard Allt's picture

hiya

many of you have contributed to the Knit a river campaign for WaterAid.

Thank you for your contributions. I would like to share a couple of stats with you. We have been amazed by the response to the campaign, we have received over 40,000 squares, many of them from the US.

Much of the river has yet to be sewn together but the dimensions at the moment are very simple. The river is about 7 foot wide. This means that when the the river is complete it will be longer than the Empire State Building is tall. How incredible is that? The river is approximately 1500 feet long, the Empire State Building is just less that 1300 ft.

We are very much looking forward to taking the river out and using it to draw attention to the fact that too many people (over 1 billion) lack access to safe water.

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SKHolt's picture

Hi there, Not sure if you

Hi there,

Not sure if you were aware or not, but the Pagan Cluster (which you can find at this website http://pagancluster.org/index.html)has an email list serve called "The Living River" In the past at actions, they have taken the river (beautiful blue fabric)and woven it into street actions, much like what you are doing here. They do it for the exact same reason, to make sure that there is an awareness that there is not safe drinking water. They also take it a step further and challenge the fact that water can and could eventually be used an element of control, for those who control access to clean water tend to be the ones in political control. In those situations water is used as a tool of coercion and not the precious resource that should be preserved and shared.

Stan

Celowin's picture

Living in the desert very

Living in the desert very close to the Mexican border, I'm very well aware that only 20 miles away there are people living with no safe water. If I visit Naco, I'm truly appalled at the living conditions I see. There plenty of places in the world that are much worse.

The river sounds impressive on many levels. It is great to see so many people coming together for a worthy cause, and I hope that it works to bring focus to such a severe worldwide problem. It is far too easy for us to take for granted the simple blessings like water, when there are so many who lack it.