Our group of allies is increasing! Scientists in our network not only lend their own data but also use their independent voices to advocate for the protection of rivers.
The most prominent support for the Vjosa: Leonardo DiCaprio raises awareness about Europe's last wild river - the Vjosa - and the threat she is facing on his Instagram! "This is one of Europe’s last wild rivers. But for how long?", he writes. The Vjosa has become world famous, she is valued for her intactness.
He also points to the negative impacts of hydropower and to the important ecosystem services healthy rivers provide: "Dams block the natural flow of water and sediment. They also can change the chemistry of the water and cause toxic algae to grow. Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. They act as nature’s arteries, carrying energy and nutrients across vast landscapes, providing water for drinking, food production and industry." Leonardo DiCaprio's post reads.
DiCaprio's post had a huge impact in Albanian media and was covered by all News outlets in the country with headlines like these
"Leonardo DiCaprio in defense of Vjosa" (TV Klan)
We have Leo on our side now ... who is next?