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.