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Twelve days in India

Thomas Cristofoletti, Nicolas Axelrod and Denise Hruby recently returned from a 12-day trip to India. For the first leg of the trip, they worked along the Ramganga River, a main tributary to the Ganges, where pollution from tanneries and metal work factories is a major issue. General misinformation about the health of the river means that large amounts of discarded waste ends up in the water. Denise joined us for the first five days of the trip, talking to various people about their relationship to the river and the steps they take to preserve it. Thomas and Nicolas then journeyed on to Warangal, in the south of India, where they worked with cotton farmers who are finding alternative, sustainable farming methods. These methods are often found in ancient traditions, but have been forgotten when pesticides and chemical fertilisers were praised as reaping better yields.

Below is a short gallery of images from the trip, photographed by Nicolas Axelrod.

 July 19, 2016 - Moradabad, India. A family poses for a portrait in their home. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 19, 2016 - Moradabad, India. A family poses for a portrait in their home. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People out in the rain getting fuel for their scooters, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People out in the rain getting fuel for their scooters, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 18, 2016 - Bareilly, India. A man looks out from a passing train. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 18, 2016 - Bareilly, India. A man looks out from a passing train. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People out in the rain, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People out in the rain, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 22, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People in traffic, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 22, 2016 - Moradabad, India. People in traffic, photographed from a passing car. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 21, 2016 - Bareilly, India. People pass their motorcycles under a train crossing barrier. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 21, 2016 - Bareilly, India. People pass their motorcycles under a train crossing barrier. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. Repairing motorcycles out the front of a shopping complex. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. Repairing motorcycles out the front of a shopping complex. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 21, 2016 - Bareilly, India. Sadu's and temple guardians posse for a portrait. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 21, 2016 - Bareilly, India. Sadu's and temple guardians posse for a portrait. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

 July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. Looking for mangoes in a tree. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

July 18, 2016 - Moradabad, India. Looking for mangoes in a tree. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom