The Story

If we have drinkable rivers, it means that all relations in the watersheds are healthy.

Canoeing an entire drinkable river, the Rupert River, in northern Québec Canada for a month thirteen years ago, taught me that Drinkable Rivers can be a reality. It showed me the value of relationships for the health of living systems.
Witnessing how only three years later this river was not drinkable as a result of our choices of ‘economic developments’, underlined the vulnerability of the health of living systems and the need for us to care.

A few generations ago, all rivers were drinkable. Now almost none.

This is a sign of how we live. The current pollution and destruction, is a reflection of how we live and our health. With our care, Drinkable Rivers are possible again.
Caring for rivers will have a spin-off for habitat health, biodiversity, and climate stabilisation.

Images edited by Alfa Lee and from Nicolas Boisclair, Gabriel Tetro, Mike Wong and Ryan Erless from our time at the Rupert River (2005-07)

Film by Henk Ganzeboom

I long for a world where rivers are drinkable.

With my organisation Drinkable Rivers, I wish to engage people to live towards drinkable rivers. From children to presidents; from farmers to bankers. Every unique being matters. It’s an exploration: how do we incentivise ourselves and each other to care? How to connect individual human beings with experts and professionals for healthy living? And how can Drinkable Rivers be applied as indicators of healthy living by banks, engineers, schools and politicians?

River Family

During the Meuse walk, all the people, plants, and animals have given me the insight that we are a River Family belonging in a watershed where water is our bloodline.
A watershed or river system has a clear and concrete boundary that is more authentic and logical than a country’s border. Each watershed has its own distinct geographic area until they meet in the delta (or by human-made canals). The shared destiny of (rains)drops determines its river system. The main river collects all the side-rivers and together make up the watershed.
May we live as river families caring for the health of living systems and in synchronicity with the logic of life!

Sign your LifeLine !

The LifeLine is a personal commitment to make steps towards drinkable rivers.
The more Lifeline signed, the more momentum the project will take, and the more seriously elected officials and businesses will consider acting towards drinkable rivers.

Please fill in the online form of your own language using the following links and encourage others to sign their LifeLine.

Source-to-Sea Walks

Meuse Walk - Western Europe (2018)

In sixty days, I walked 1000+km along the Meuse, the river of my birthplace in the Meuse-Rhine river delta. From Source-to-Sea, I created momentum along the way and encouraged people to sign the LifeLine and take action towards drinkable rivers.

Yellow River China
Yellow River Walk - China (2019)

To be confirmed.