Rivers Have Rights.
This patch is copy of an original woodblock I carved.
These patches are NOT hand printed, I really don't want anyone to feel tricked here.
I use a wonderful company called Spoonflower, who takes my art and prints it on fabric. These patches were printed on Recycled Outdoor Canvas and are about 5'' by 5''.
They come with 4 small safety pins...so you can take them on and off of clothing, but you can also sew them on!
What does 'Rivers Have Rights' mean to me?
Whether it be the right to flow freely or the right to be clean, every river on this earth has the right to exist.
Over the last half century dams have had a massive impact on this planet's complex and crucial river systems.
Dams often stop, partially or completely the natural flow of a river, this means the vital job of that river is severed. Nutrients are stopped, fish are stopped, entire ecosystems can be destroyed by this sever. Migratory fish and the indigenous cultures that subsist on these fish are often the most affected.
Though this might sound extreme to some of us, rivers NEED rights and today many rivers around the globe HAVE rights.
What does it mean to have rights? Every river has rights, but to be granted rights by humans means a river is given legal personhood. Legal personhood means these rivers have people that speak on behalf of their needs in a court of law. Having this designation could save a river from possible destruction including- heavy pollution, the building of a dam or massive construction projects.
When a river dies, we loose a vein of life on this planet.
Many great cities on this earth were built on the banks of a mighty river, let us return the favor and see our rivers as worthy of having rights.