The Balkan Rivers Tour has become the biggest river conservation action in Europe and, simply put, exists because of three people; Ben Webb, Rok Rozman and Anka Makovec. The connection between these three people – who are/were fighters for free flowing rivers in three different continents – is a story of coincidences and fate, and maybe something much more.
We felt immense drive to meet Anka and started crowdfunding for Meeting the Roots in Tasmania in late November 2016.
Click play to hear Rok tell the story.
“When I told Benjamin about Anka, he was speechless. We realized if there hadn’t been for Anka we wouldn’t know each other, he wouldn’t be saving Maranon and I wouldn’t be saving rivers in the Balkans. The energies somehow aligned.” – Rok Rozman
Our crowdfunding was successful and we made it to Tasmania in December 2016. Rok said this was something he had to do, no matter what. It turned out it was really like going home and meeting home River and mom…
The Balkan Rivers Tour is now a key player in European river conservation and the team is in the process of creating a full-length film about importance of protecting rivers around the globe called The Undamaged, Anka and Franklin River are the mothers of river conservation movements and footage we made in Tasmania will be included in the film to prove it can be done if you really feel the River and don’t put your thoughts, ideas and projections under limitations. Trough this film Anka will share her experience and knowledge with the world and pass her wisdom to the young generation determined to do good work. We will make sure her amazing story will keep on inspiring people around the globe. She lived life outside the box and her energy will continue to do the same. When we made a group photo with Anka in her house in Devonport she said “How good is that!” Now we are saying “How good was that?” Well, it couldn’t be better! Anka, you were and always will be a Legend!
As grassroots activists fighting against corruption and for nature we need help to finance our battles trough independent sources. This is why we are saying deep and honest thank you to every one of you contributing to this cause. We are humbly accepting this honorable gesture from Anka’s family. Like they said – this is like baton handoff at relay; from legends it now comes to young generation. We give you a promise we will be determined, non-violent and creative long distance runners. Lets run together!
Please use donate button here or under the cover video.