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Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers

Author: John Carlisle

John Carlisle shares an inspiring film and introduction to the work of ARMOUR (Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers).

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks 2015 report stated: 

“that the nexus of water, food, energy and climate change is one of the overarching megatrends that will shape the world in 2030.”

The report also said that shifting these dangerous trends required courageous, informed, transparent and decisive action. 

At the time of this report that is exactly what happened in South Africa when two 70 year old homesteaders, Anthony and Helen Duigan, responded swiftly to the sight of raw sewage from Johannesburg’s largest sewage works, flowing into the main river in the Gauteng province. 

Their swift action to alert the province was the beginning of a movement, ARMOUR, to save the rivers of Gauteng. The film highlights the extent of their success and the ramifications. 

Global Risks 2015 also indicated that other risks that made the list were inextricably tied to water management, access, sanitation, equity, health and ecosystems. They included: 

  • extreme weather events
  • failure of national governance
  • state collapse or crisis
  • rapid and massive spread of infectious diseases
  • failure of climate change adaptation 

The hydrologic system is tied to climate, and climate change will profoundly affect water security worldwide. Droughts, floods, glacial melt, unpredictable precipitation, runoff, groundwater supplies and water quality will all reflect an increasing instability as long-standing rainfall patterns change and weather extremes increase. 

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The video was produced by Jan Horn of Southside Productions, Pretoria, and co-hosted by Anthony and Helen Duigan also of Pretoria, joint founders of ARMOUR (Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers).


John Carlisle


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