No, we aren't talking about the genre of rock music.
We're talking Heavy.Metal.Contamination. In a river that flows through Bengaluru.
Nickel. Zinc. Chromium. And more.
Creeping into the food that we consume.
But what are We people doing about it?
Following is an excerpt from a January 2017 article https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/5mn-litres-of-waste-water-chokes-vrishabhavathi-river-every-day/articleshow/56799984.cms [...authorities take water samples from 9am to 5pm when industries do not release their waste. “We took water samples every hour, including at night, and found that the levels of nickel, zinc, chromium and other metals were at their peak,”...] .
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I recently came across a post with the headline "Apocalypse Now!". It showed this image of people praying at the River Yamuna. Yes, this is a river - a river frothing from Industrial waste!
First, I could not believe my eyes. But it clearly shows, what we are doing to this planet. For many of us, topics like climate change, pollution, or deforestation are far away. Others are right in the middle of this drama, every single day!
In this case, the pollution is caused by an excess of phosphate in household and factory-use detergent powders and bars. Phosphate is added to laundry detergent to make hard water soft. Current USA standards limit the amount to 2.2%, Spain even to 0.5 %. In India, manufacturers are adding up to 40-50% of phosphate to their products as there are no regulations in place and political leaders have ignored this problem for decades.
As you know, rivers lead into oceans, so this waste will end up killing corals and millions of marine animals. So this is not a regional problem, it is a global one!
We have to act as one voice when it comes to climate change.
What are your ideas for addressing this problem?
Remember the environmental impacts I mentioned in my post regarding ‘Black Friday’ and mass production? ... This is India’s sacred Yamuna River. The Yamuna, along with India’s holiest river, the Ganges, are considered among the most polluted in the world. Holy rivers are meant to be purifying. Religious ceremonies are performed in these rivers and residents bathe and drink from the 1376 km Yamuna, with the river providing three quarters of Delhi’s water needs.
I’m aware that certain religious ceremonies contribute to the state of these rivers but this photo shows toxic foam believed to be due to industrial waste, caused partly by high ammonia levels emanating from the high discharge of industrial pollutants in the river. There is nowhere else for this waste to go in these countries. Which industry is responsible for this?
Where are your clothes made? Where do your kids toys come from? It’s all well and good to say that people in these countries need to make a living, but at what cost?! Please think of this scene the next time you make a purchase.
If anyone knows the original source of this photo, I’d love to know.
#Indien : Zwei Jugendliche spielen am Strand der indischen Millionenstadt #Chennai . Der Schaum sieht harmlos aus, hat aber einen ernsten Hintergrund. Laut Behörden ist er aufgrund von Abwasser- und Industrieabfällen entstanden.