Today is World River Day.
A day to highlight the importance of rivers to our environment and what a large part they play in it.
Historically many of the worlds cities were founded on river banks as a place to have easy access to water, food, transport and often they were/are borders.
They have such an important part in the geology of the land where rivers have over many thousands of years carved out the lay of the land into valleys, canyons and arches. Rivers carry large amounts of water to the oceans where it is evaporated eventually forming rain clouds thus feeding the land, the rivers and the streams.
This water cycle is essential to much of life on earth.
Rivers are very individualistic with no two being the same.
They have many variables which means the riparian ecosystems differ a lot and are most interesting to study.
Rivers take on a character of their own and are intensely fascinating in the way they form and the life they harbor.
Sadly many rivers are under intense pressure from human development and are in varying states of decline along with the biological health of the surrounding areas of land.
We need to treat our rivers with the rich respect they deserve for the vital function they perform. The river systems are the only homes of many species which are totally reliant on the rivers they live in being healthy and functional.
They are also helpful to us as human beings and a reflection of our own health and wellbeing.
They can act as an important form of therapy, a way of cleansing and relaxing our minds and hearts. Working to help clean up rivers is also an excellent way to serve the earth that sustains us and give thanks to the rivers.
If we sit next to or walk alongside a river we can hear the water speak to us in gentle and soothing tones. They are calming, stimulating, therapeutic and majestic.
They are capable of elevating so many positive emotions within us.
To find out more on the healing properties of rivers and how they can help you please click on the links below:
For more information on helping river systems in any way please see links below: