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It’s a resource used in global construction and mined from rivers and coasts across the world. Now new research has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing the likelihood of dangerous river bank collapse, damaging infrastructure and housing and putting lives at risk. (1)

We used to enjoy the river.

We used to listen to the river.

Now we want the river to listen to us.

Now we destroy the river.

Now the river will destroy us…

Soon there will be no river.

Soon there will be no men.

And in the midst of our tears.

The river will laugh…

“No, you weren’t staring at me”, he will whisper.

“I was staring at you!”