World Water Day 2011: Amsterdam Clean Up

International World Water Day (March 22) was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and held annually since 1993 in order to draw attention to the importance of sustainable management of fresh water.

World Water Day in Amsterdam

Tomorrow, Stichting Aquarius celebrates the World Water Day and invites everyone to assist in cleaning Amstel (three kilometres). The initiative will be take place at the city centre and symbolically start in front of Waternet.

"Everything starts with you and me. If we stop polluting, we will not need companies to clean the water," explains the organiser and Aquarius founder, Erik Van Loon, and continues "Rivers are wonderful, they bring you everywhere… You can just lie on the water and it will bring you to another town."

About Erik Van Loon

Erik Van Loon's activities date back to 2008 right after he got arrested for swimming outside Rotterdam. He is also known as Ron Volkaine, famous for displaying huge portraits during the ING New York City Marathon every year.

During World Water Day 2009, Stichting Aquarius organised a "cleaning day" in Northern Holland and 2010 in Rotterdam.

Aquarius upcoming "water-events"

 Amsterdam Clean Up (March 22)
 Solar Bottle Boat Race (Rotterdam, May 15)
 Mermaid Parade (The Hague, June 21)
 Piet Hein Cup (Delfshaven-Delft, July 3)

› King Of The Rivers
Series of open water swim events for the "King Of The Rivers" title.
- The Delfshavense Schiekampioenschappen Swim (Delfshaven, July 2)
- The Rondje Noordereiland Swim 
(Rotterdam, July 31)
- The Rondje KNSM Eiland swim
(Amsterdam, August 7)
- The Amsterdam Swim - Finals
(August 28)

Moa Thorssell


Moa Thorssell

Journalist with experience within news paper, magazine, tv, web and radio. Biggest interests: travelling, culture and poltics. Been living and working in London, Paris and now located in Amsterdam.

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