Source: National Geographic

Source: National Geographic

Rivers are commonly associated with recreational activities such as kayaking or swimming, sacred rituals such as baptisms or generating energy and electricity. But did you know that there is much more to rivers than the things you physically do in or around them?

National Geographic outlines the importance of rivers and calls them “the veins of the planet” and “the lifeblood of human civilizations.”

Rivers provide water to urban and rural areas of the world, supplying food, recreation and energy.

National Geographic has wonderful resources to help you track your water usage and to learn ways you can conserve water in your life. Check them out here.