Alternative World Water Forum

Create a Living River in Central Marseille! Protest Against the Greenwashing of Dams!

Large Dams Are Not Green!

This is a symbolic protest for the media against the greenwashing of large dams, against the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP), against the massive funding from international financial institutions such as the World Bank and European Investment Bank in large dams, and in favor of rivers that are alive and healthy. Help us create a living river in the middle of Marseille. We will then have a large, inflated dam block the river. We will even paint the dam green.

A few ideas to participate:

  1. Wear traditional dress from your culture and bring anything that represents how you depend on your river for life. You’ll help keep the river alive.
  2. Wear the clothes of a dam builder or financier (work suit, ties, etc) and, if you can, bring a sign with the name/logo of your favorite worst dam builder. You’ll work to defend the dam.
  3. Come dressed in painting clothes. You’ll help paint the dam green. We will use water color paint (it will wash off easily).
  4. Bring Protest Banners!

Where: Front steps of the Gare Saint Charles train station in Marseille
When: Wednesday, March 14th at 10am

Please email Zachary Hurwitz to let him know if you will participate and in what way.

Organizers: CounterBalance, Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale, Amis de la Terre, and International Rivers

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Hey Zachary

    I was originally put in contact with you via Ratan Bhandari the delegation member from Water and Energy Users Federation Nepal. I have been studying hydro projects in Nepal for three years and shot a documentary over the summer. I just got to Marseilles and am a little lost. I am staying with my friend at the Star Marseilles Hotel just outside Marseille. You are probably very busy but I have been having difficulty connecting with Ratan and figuring out how best to participate!!
    I will check my email regularly
    thanks so much

  2. Jennifer says:

    This is such an excellent article on development issues.

    The World Bank estimates that forcible “development-induced displacement and resettlement” now affects 10 million people per year. According to the World Bank an estimated 33 million people have been displaced by development projects such as dams, urban development and irrigation canals in India alone.

    India is well ahead in this respect. A country with as many as over 3600 large dams within its belt can never be the exceptional case regarding displacement. The number of development induced displacement is higher than the conflict induced displacement in India. According to Bogumil Terminski an estimated more than 10 million people have been displaced by development each year.

    Athough the exact number of development-induced displaced people (DIDPs) is difficult to know, estimates are that in the last decade 90–100 million people have been displaced by urban, irrigation and power projects alone, with the number of people displaced by urban development becoming greater than those displaced by large infrastructure projects (such as dams). DIDPs outnumber refugees, with the added problem that their plight is often more concealed.

    This is what experts have termed “development-induced displacement.” According to Michael Cernea, a World Bank analyst, the causes of development-induced displacement include water supply (dams, reservoirs, irrigation); urban infrastructure; transportation (roads, highways, canals); energy (mining, power plants, oil exploration and extraction, pipelines); agricultural expansion; parks and forest reserves; and population redistribution schemes.