Day one is over at the 10th Annual Waterkeeper Alliance. Already, the interactions with the other Waterkeepers from around the world have been incredible. Ten years ago, 25 Waterkeeper programs made up “The Alliance.” Today, the Waterkeeper Alliance consists of 189 programs from 19 countries. (Thirty-nine percent of these programs are international!)
During the conference welcome speech, Robert Kennedy, Jr. (Chairman of the Waterkeeper Alliance), reflected on our global community’s right to clean water, “everyone has a right to their share of the commons.” However, he continued, this right is not always protected; environmental laws are not enforced the same way other crimes against humanity are… and they should be!
Throughout the evening, all of the Waterkeeper programs were introduced by region: North Atlantic Region, Latin American Region (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru), International Programs (Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe), U.S. Great Lakes Region, Southeast Region, Canadian Region and the Gulf Region.
Here’s a short clip of Charleston Waterkeeper’s introduction to the rest of the Waterkeeper Alliance…