International Day of Action for Rivers
The day was 14th March 1997 in Curitiba, Brazil. Tension had been building up since the 1970s. Environmentalists, human rights activists, indigenous people, fishermen and socialists alike were all tired of large dams. For all these people, dams became a symbol of destruction and corruption. It displaced communities and destroyed land and aquatic natural ecosystems. Anti-dam movements started becoming a global phenomenon. However, a lot of these movements were successfully thwarted. Did this discourage these activists groups?