What are the biggest challenges or barriers your organization faces?
This has been a summer of drought, flooding, devastating fires and record-breaking heat. As the IPCC recently pointed out in its latest report, the impacts of climate change on our rivers, water supplies and communities are here and they’ll get a lot worse without major action. We’re seeing increasingly severe flooding in some regions, and unprecedented drought and aridification in regions like the Southwest. We must drastically cut emissions and we must redouble efforts to protect and restore healthy rivers.
In the words of American Rivers President Tom Kiernan, “Just as rivers embody climate threats, they are also the source of powerful solutions.”
When we protect and restore our rivers, we can improve public health, strengthen flood protection and public safety, boost local economies, increase recreation opportunities and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.It’s true that our rivers are facing a variety of threats, but it’s also true that rivers will continue to be a source of hope, joy and strength for all of us.
How can people get involved with the work that you’re doing?
Our work is possible because of friends and supporters like you -- and there are lots of great ways to get involved! You can sign up for alerts and updates to stay informed and engaged. You can become a member and join our community of generous supporters. And you can organize a river cleanup – a great way to give back to your community.
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