Midsummer - June 21st - Celebration of the River Cam and Ceremony to Declare its Rights

  • Posted on: 13 May 2021
  • By: monica
summary of declaration of rights

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We will gather on Monday 21st June west of the footbridge on Jesus Green from 4pm for a celebration of our river with a picnic, drawing and painting for children, songs, music, poetry and an art display. There will be an open mic where people can tell of their connection to the river. At 6pm there will be a formal declaration of the rights of the river following the Universal Declaration of River Rights and the practice of indigenous peoples over thousands of years. We will bring messages of support from areas where river rights are already recognised. We will draft an adaptation of the declaration of rights for the Cam. They will include: the right to flow and be free from over-abstration; the right to be free from pollution, the right to be fed by sustainable aquifers, the right to perform essential functions within the ecosystem, the right to native biodiversity, and the right to restoration. In declaring the rights of the river we will become its guardians. We will recognise that the rights of the river have been breached in the past and oppose all new building and development which overrides the rights of the Cam and its feeder chalk streams. Music for relaxing and dancing will continue up to around 9pm.