Cleaning up India’s Sacred River

Renew Ganga, a pilot effort in India, has turned to Varanasi’s waste pickers to clean up the polluted Ganges River and keep plastic from reaching the ocean.
 
As it winds through India, the sacred river soaks up untreated sewage and trash, including ~1.2 billion pounds of plastic each year. Varanasi’s Assi Nala drain is so trash-studded you can scarcely see water. 
 
Renew Ganga will track 10 waste pickers—primarily economically and socially disadvantaged women—for their first wave. They’ll craft a scalable program to improve their efficacy and health—along with that of the Ganges.
 
National Geographic

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