Environmental Article

A boatman sits on the shore of the Ganges River in Allahabad, India.

India Stems Tide of Pollution Into Ganges River

In the country of India, there is a strange duality between the people and their approach to the country’s rivers. On one hand their rivers the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati are holy places where thousands of people gather each year to cleanse themselves of their sins in the sacred waters. On the other hand, the pollution levels of these rivers, especially the Ganges, continue to rise as sewage and industrial waste are constantly dumped into the waters. However, the Indian government is making moves to enact change and improve the health of these tributaries. For example, the High courts in one state of India has ordered the closing of over 100 tanneries who are responsible for the pouring of toxins. Lets hope that these changes are the first of many, leading to cleaner, healthier rivers.

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