A #Hindu man prays in the waters…
Instagram Photo Caption: A #Hindu man prays in the waters of the #Hooghly River at Fairlie Ghat in #Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Nirendra #Modi recently declared his government would make cleaning the #Ganges River a major focus of his administration, even calling his efforts a #manthan, meaning deep contemplation of all facts to reach an enlightened conclusion. He has promised to work closely with #sadhus (Hindu holy men), NGO’s, politicians, scientists, and more, and pledged to look at the issue from a full watershed perspective rather than limiting cleanup to specific areas.
This is great news for the Ganges; as @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I saw firsthand on our #GangaS2S expedition, the River’s woes are deep and profound, it’s health impacted by myriad forces like climate change, dams and diversions, industrial and agricultural pollution, development, human waste, and much more. Maa (Mother) #Ganga is a critical river and watershed that directly nourishes the land, lives, and spirits of some 400 million people…it’s high time it had a strong champion. Let’s hope Modi can live up to his words: “Maa Ganga is waiting for her son to free her from pollution.” @eddiebauer #Surface #liveyouradventure #maaganga