Ganga: Revered and Reviled by David Morton
David Morton, my partner along with Pete McBride on the #GangaS2S Expedition this autumn, wrote a great post on the Eddie Bauer “Live Your Adventure” blog about the conflicted nature and status of the mighty, sacred, and immensely troubled Ganges River. Read a snippet below, and follow the link for the entire article.
In India, if one were to follow the Ganges as we’ve done, there’s a natural irony that’s observed. How can a river that is so revered and sacred also be so polluted, contaminated, and dirty? Or is it? It surely seemed obvious to us. In our eyes, the river is suffering. There are plastic flotillas of detritus in every river eddy, garbage covering what should be riverbeds, and human sewage from communities emptying into the mighty flow. In nearly every village, there is a location where all of the local garbage is thrown onto a bank, presumably to be carried downriver by the next monsoon.