Robert Redford and Will Ferrell use some new tactics to get attention to the dried up Colorado delta.
the goal of the video is to attract attention to http://raisetheriver.org/ Redfords organization to bring the Colorado delta back to life. On their website they write:
“If we can add a relatively small amount of water to the Colorado — less than 1% of its annual flow — we’ll be on our way to restoring 2,300 acres of forest and marsh along a 70-mile stretch of river, generating rural economic activities and job opportunities for local people, including river restoration, tourism, recreational hunting, and sport and commercial fisheries.
Help us breathe life back into the Delta and let’s watch it grow.
Our goal is to raise $10 million by 2017.
The money will be used to conduct essential restoration work, such as putting native trees in the ground, and for the purchase of permanent water rights dedicated to the Delta.
In meeting our goal, we will rebuild the habitats that support local communities and wildlife.
The Delta is the most broken reach of the Colorado. If we can fix the Delta, we can demonstrate that no place is beyond hope.
Join us in rewriting history. Let’s raise the river.”
Here on Disputed Waters you can read Olivier’s article ‘Those who lived on the river‘ for a personal insight into (former) life in the delta.
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