Whether we like it or not, it seems that nowadays the only message that gets delivered to the world is work faster and earn more. We, as human beings, are being misguided to think that we should have no appreciation towards planet Earth and the rest of its inhabitants.
Due to growing industrialization and human intervention in general, a great number of rivers are dying every day. Driven by our own selfish motivation to have more clothes, more cars, more unhealthy food in the market, we have been neglecting the most important thing – our home. This home is not something that we can buy again or rebuild. It is one of a kind, and once ruined it can be ruined forever.
Therefore, in this article, we will cover 6 most endangered rivers that have suffered great damage due to our irresponsibility and recklessness. May these rivers serve as an example of the way that we are headed and how urgent it is to change our behaviour before it’s too late.
The second largest river in the world, that is one of the main contributors to the carbon cycle is now in great danger of extinction. The principal culprit for Congo’s current condition is Grand Inga Dam, that will be the end of the river due to a current boost in the economy.
Karun or Iran’s most significant river that is mostly used for transportation, travelling and other navigation purposes is in danger of being extinct. As a result of the Mullah regime, new dams are being erected thus destroying the river.
The fourth-largest river in Sri Lanka is being exploited on daily basis. Kelani River has been greatly impacted due to numerous construction sites as well as the reckless tourism industry. Although the river is not in the immediate danger of extinction, its water quality has significantly dropped in the past years.
What was once a source of different recreational activities for many people in Alaska is now solely seen as a possible money-making “machine” that needs to be exploited. Sustina river has been a victim of the Sustina-Watana Hydroelectric Project. As a result of this project that was allowed by the government and the people, the river is now considered endangered but it has also caused numerous Salmon to be extinct.
Located in Austria, Sanna is the second-most endangered river in the world. Another hydropower project pushed this river to our list. Sanna is considered to be Europe’s shortest river and it has a great emotional and aesthetical importance to people living close to it.
If you are a fan of rafting then you must have heard of Jondachi River. A wild beauty surrounded by tropical jungle and pool drops is now just a tool for hydropower plants to earn more money.
Rivers are not just water bodies, but they are also a great part of the identity of the people living next to them. Moreover, they are an important part of our environment, without which people wouldn’t be able to survive. And they cannot fight this war alone.