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Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Germany, fotoeins.com

World Water Day: an RTW selection

Above: Early start by fishermen on the Bodensee on a misty autumn morning (HL).

22 March is World Water Day:

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Cape Town’s dwindling fresh water supply has once again raised attention and a call to examine usage, recycling, and waste of available drinking water.

I list the following examples of fresh water bodies to question our interaction with and impact on water sources, and to ask whether water is truly free and whether some people are more “free” to receive water than others.

  1. Aachener Weiher: Cologne, Germany
  2. Akaka Falls: Hawaii, USA
  3. Aussenalster: Hamburg, Germany
  4. Bodensee: Unteruhldingen, Germany
  5. Capilano Lake: Vancouver, Canada
  6. Eibsee: Grainau, Germany
  7. Embalse Puclaro: Región de Coquimbo, Chile
  8. Foz do Iguaçu: Brazil
  9. Lake Burley Griffin: Canberra, Australia
  10. Lake Matheson: New Zealand’s South Island
  11. Lake Ontario: Toronto, Canada
  12. Lake Washington: Seattle, USA

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street art, mural, Herakut, Metropolink, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

My Heidelberg: Herakut street art for Metropolink

It’s amazing what gets discovered after going the wrong way.

I head straight for a full city-block before realizing my error, that I should’ve turned right about 5 minutes ago. I bow my head, and release a deep breath in frustration. I raise my head to the sky, when I catch sight of something out of the corner of my eye.

What’s that across the street?

I have to reach my destination which I know isn’t far.

But I am coming back here to get the shot.

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UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

December 11: International Mountain Day

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.

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Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are 41 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Colorado, at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
  6. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  7. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  8. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  9. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  10. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  11. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  12. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  13. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  14. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  15. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  16. Ilz, in Passau, Germany
  17. Inn, in Innsbruck, Austria
  18. Isar, in Scharnitz, Austria
  19. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  20. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  21. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  22. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  23. Moselle, in Koblenz*, Germany
  24. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  25. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  26. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  27. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  28. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  29. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  30. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  31. Singapore, in Singapore
  32. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  33. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  34. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  35. Thames, in London, England
  36. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  37. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  38. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  39. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  40. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  41. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  42. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  43. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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