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Rivers and oceans are frequently thought of as separate entities, but they are intricately connected parts of the Earth’s water cycle.
The same toxins and heavy metals that affect the health of our rivers also threaten our oceans. And the plastic, fertiliser and sewage runoff that enters rivers also inevitably makes its way to the sea, where it harms marine life and ecosystems.
Which is why, when it comes to protecting our oceans, we also have to protect our rivers. Rivers don’t just provide fresh water for billions of people, and abundant ecosystems for wildlife, they are also crucial pieces of the larger puzzle of ocean health.
📷: Yahya Walijee
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  • Princess

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    Unfortunately, they're still threatened. We must commit to recovering freshwater biodiversity, restoring natural river flows and cleaning up polluted water for people and nature to thrive.

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    • Lewis Pugh Foundation

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      @princess_nel_268 You've hit the nail on the head! These are exactly the issues we need to address to support the recovery of our rivers and oceans.

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    • Patrick Kiash

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      Wow this river is so blue it seemed to be breathing. Well I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea. but its sad to note about all the toxic it carries along their way. Humanity we should take care of our sources, wetlands, rivers as well as our oceans....as all are interconnected.

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      • Lewis Pugh Foundation

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        @patrick_kiash Love that, it does look like it's breathing! You're exactly right, unfortunately they share the bad as well as the good so we need to protect them to better protect our oceans.

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      • Adam Wallin

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        Rivers have been the most important natural resource for the dawn of our civilisations, they definitely deserve more respect than we give them now.

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        • Lewis Pugh Foundation

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          @Adam_Wallin They deserve so much more respect! We should be able to freely and safely swim in all our rivers.

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        • Sarah Chabane

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          Thank you for sharing these insights, I feel oceans get a lot of air time but rivers are often forgotten whereas they are obviously connected

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          • Lewis Pugh Foundation

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            @sarah_chabane So true! Our rivers are neglected in so many ways but we depend on them more than we know.

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