Rivers are the irreplaceable arteries of Europe which
move across all boundaries, sustaining people, communities,
businesses, and our ecosystems. This summer, hundreds
of thousands of Europeans will simultaneously jump
into Europes major rivers and lakes, all at
the same time on the same day, showing their support
for protecting and improving the health of Europes
water. The Big Jump is a huge, wet wake up call that
people from all across Europe want their rivers and
lakes back in a clean, healthy state.
Wake up the politicians and make that splash!
Right now, many rivers and lakes are in a poor state
due to pollution from unsustainable industrial and
agricultural activities and other human impacts. Important
progress has been made in the last decade, but there
is still a clear need for increased action if Europe
is to achieve the water targets politicians committed
themselves to (established in the EUs Water
Framework Directive). The Big Jump is a huge opportunity
to tell Europes leaders that they must take
more action for supporting life in our waters
and that we to have more clean river to jump into
in five years time!
In 2005, 250,000 people from all corners of Europe
took part in this action. The Big Jump could trigger
a huge European-wide water restoration effort, if
we make a big enough splash! Join us!
How to participate ?
As Coordinor and or Organiser :
Associations, companies, municipalities, sports clubs
& individuals are all welcome to celebrate and
jump ! Organise and coordinate one or more events
yourself, big or small. Jump into a river or a lake,
organise a temporary river beach, a debate or a party
on the riverbank. Even if you cant swim in the
water, something can be done to highlight the problem.
Your event presents a great opportunity to show local
problems and innovative local solutions for your country
and for Europe. more
As individual Jumper :
Check out our website for jumping sites in your region
or go with your family and friends to "your"
place some wher along you river or lake and send us
a photo using your mobilphone. more