Salvador Rico’s talk is the launch of ESRAG’s campaign to inspire Rotarians across the globe to protect the rivers we depend on for life and livelihood. Salvador Rico will describe how Rotary Clubs’ river clean-ups galvanize communities, and how Rotarians are leveraging their influence to persuade governments and business to reduce pollution. This is the first of an eight-week series of ESRAG webinars showcasing Rotarians’ watershed projects around the world, highlighting and celebrating World Rivers Day, Sept. 26.
As a child growing up in Guadalajara, México, Salvador Rico was told never to swim in the Río Lerma Santiago because of its lethal burden of sewage and industrial pollution. He vowed that when he grew up, he would come back to clean up that river. Now, he is keeping that promise as a Rotarian and member of four Rotary Action Groups, and as leader of Cleaning the Rivers of the World, https://cleaningtheriversoftheworld.org , a project of South Ukiah Rotary Club in Northern California. Over the past decade Salvador has built an ever-growing network of Rotarians and Rotary Clubs across the globe to carry out cleanups and publicize the plight of rivers. He’s created an alliance between ESRAG and the US Geological Service (USGS), and ESRAG and other Rotary Action Groups — WASH RAG (water and sanitation), RAGFP (Peace) and RAGCED (Community and Economic Development — combining their expertise and influence to persuade stakeholders to stop the river pollution that contributes to infectious disease, cancer, and other terrible illnesses.
|} August 11, 2021|
| Wednesday, 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm|
|n Biodiversity, Climate, Featured Events, Pollution, Sustainable Living, Webinars|