Activists organized the action “Big Jump 2022” on the Vistula River. In the afternoon, they went into the water to demonstrate their opposition to concreting and draining water reservoirs. Similar happenings took place at the same time all over Poland and Europe.
– The aim of the “Big Jump” action is to draw attention to the fact that we have a very serious problem in Poland, Europe and around the world when it comes to freshwater resources – rivers, lakes and water stored in peat bogs – Przemysław Nawrocki explained in an interview with TVN24 from WWF Poland. – What is very important from the point of view of WWF, is the issue of a huge threat of extinction of species associated with freshwater, an example is Polish fish – he added.
The participants of the action gathered at 3 p.m. on the beach on the Vistula River by the Landing Plate. They had characteristic green T-shirts and banners with slogans such as “river is not a highway”. As part of the happening, they entered the water at one point.
“Throughout Europe, on the same day and at the same time, tens of thousands of people enter rivers and other reservoirs to protect them” – the organizers of the event announced. As they specified, it is not about a bath – a symbolic immersion of feet or hands is enough to manifest our opposition to concreting and sewerage of Polish rivers.
Activists: rivers should be free
– Water should be for people, clean for animals, and rivers should be free. We have a growing problem when it comes to water. The current governments and the government we have now say the opposite: we have to concrete more and more, and straighten more – said Jacek Bożek from Klub Gaja.
He also explained that such actions, combined with climate change, will result in an increasing incidence of droughts and floods.
The organizers of the event were Klub Gaja, Koalicja Ratujmy Rzeki, WWF Polska, the collective Siostry Rzeki and Koalicja Czas na Odrę and Greenpeace Polska.
Main photo source: TVN24