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MISSION

 

To inspire the protection of rivers through youth-focused experiential and educational cross-culture exchange programs, where underserved students are empowered to become informed stewards and ambassadors for their rivers and the communities who depend on them.

Ríos to Rivers' bold new goal

When the largest dam removal in history takes place on the Klamath River in 2021, Ríos to Rivers will bring youth representatives, from  rivers throughout the world to the Klamath to witness the demolition of the dams and continue their educations to explore why functioning dams are being removed to restore the health of the river, fish populations and the livelihoods of the local communities.

 

How we will achieve this goal?

 

Over the next three years, leading up to the removal of the dams, Ríos to Rivers is conducting a series of in-country exchanges between rivers in Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Peru and the United States. We will then select two of the most committed student ambassadors from each river basin to travel to the dam removal celebration in 2021.

 

The first of these preparatory exchanges starts this January, 2019

 

Ríos to Rivers will connect 20 youth from Chile's Maipo, Ñuble, Biobío, Futaleufú, Baker Basins and Argentina's Santa Cruz River Basin.

We need your support to make this possible.

 

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Ríos to Rivers Featured on Chilean National TV

Millions of Chileans watched a documentary about the Escualos Kayak Club and their trip down the Grand Canyon with Ríos to Rivers! The film, which aired on TVN, (Televisión Nacional de Chile) delves into the young kayakers role in protecting their imperiled rivers and the lessons they learned while running the Grand Canyon, and meeting with energy experts, ecologists, politicians and dam builders.

 

When we first met the young kayakers of the Escualos Kayak Club and saw the love and joy the endangered Río Baker gave them; our hearts were broken. The Baker was slated to be dammed and there seemed little hope of changing this fact. Over the last few years through the dedication of many NGOs, the tireless work of countless volunteers, and support from individuals, including you, the Baker and nearby Pascua rivers run free, for now.

 

Previous Exchanges

Ríos to Rivers united young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers saw for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students experienced the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group learned about the ecological impacts of dams, explored viable renewable energy sources, and took part in cultural exchange.

 

TRIP REPORTS ABOUT EXCHANGES HERE:

 

KLAMATH EXCHANGE • RÍO BAKER EXCHANGE

 GRAND CANYON EXCHANGE  •  RÍO BAKER EXCHANGE

Learn More

Learn about the rivers in peril in Patagonia and the youth kayak club that inspired the creation of Ríos to Rivers: