The Ganges is 1 of 10 Rivers in the world that contributes to a staggering 90% of total ocean pollution. In the last 10 years, the world has produced more plastic than in the century before that; there is currently twice as much plastic than plankton in the Western Mediterranean Ocean. If this trend continues, it is expected that there will be more plastic than that fish in the Ocean by 2050.
The River Rangers commenced at the southernmost end of the Hooghly River - a long distributary of the Ganges River whenNetNada and Y-East decided to partner in an effort to tackle river sourced ocean pollution. The initiative has been working on catalyzing community change within India to make the project ambitions of clean rivers and prospering communities a reality. Since September 2019, the River Rangers have been working towards river surface cleaning, restoration and raising public awareness in support of the Namami Gange Program, Pre-Pandemic River Rangers had conducted weekly Clean-Up and Public Awareness Drives every Sunday, mostly at Mullick Ghat, Kolkata. In the last 5 months before the pandemic(September 2019 – March 2020) they have conducted 18 clean-up drives and 2 art and awareness programmes, with an average of 25 volunteers per drive, in total they have collected 471 bags of plastic waste which weighs 10,978kg of plastic.
With every piece of garbage, we pull out, we potentially save 1 of the 1 million sea creatures that are expected to die each year due to plastic consumption.
The River Rangers focuses on the education and behavioral change of the communities surrounding the Ganges in West Bengal while extracting pollutants and plastic waste destined for the ocean. Since its inception, the project has received tremendous support from a broader network of educational institutions, NGOs, corporates and individuals, in Kolkata and beyond.
Apart from the River Rangers’ beliefs towards impactful action at scale, there are two main technological verticals related to River and Ocean Pollution which is in pipeline. One of the technological solutions that River Rangers is aiming for is an AR / VR Experiences (Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality) for communities, where users can learn about the ocean through stories, picture the past, present and potential future conditions of waterways, rivers and ocean locations with respect to predicted pollution levels. And the other solution that we have already initiated is an automated River Plastic Collection System aimed at collecting the plastics that flow through the river both above and below the surface while leaving the marine life present to travel freely. The system is integrating and utilizing both exiting and novel technology to achieve project execution plan key outcomes.
The River Rangers is constantly growing in both impacts and following. We aim to share this support with the organizations who work with us, enabling this project to grow and stop ocean pollution at its sources.
In context to the above story a lot of cities around the world, San Diego - and the rest of Southern California—are facing a water security crisis. With increased temperatures, extreme weather events such as droughts, water scarcity is an imminent threat in a warming climate. Check out the insightful blog about “the drinking water of the future” to explore the underlying perceptions of the viability of potable water reuse for Sydney.
Our Latest Articles & Updates
The green transition might depend on our auditors & accountants
At COP26’s climate talks we have seen government officials, finance leaders, green activists and corporate icons on show. The world’s auditors and accountants have been underrepresented - And this is a great mistake.
Recycled water for drinking, or “the drinking water of the future” has been in use in multiple countries and cities around the world – Singapore, Namibia, Perth, and San Diego. In San Diego, a simple water treatment system purifies wastewater into water fit for drinking.
A plan for the world’s most sustainable city has been designed and is expected to welcome its first residents by 2030. Proposed for construction in an undecided desert location in the United States, the city of Telosa is estimated to cost $400 billion and accommodate a population of 5 million.
Air company, which was founded by Australian Gregory Constantine has just won a huge award from none other than NASA! Air Company is a technology, engineering and design-based company in New York that participated (and won) NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge with a project that converts CO2 into sugars to create new resources on Mars.
The highly anticipated U.N. climate conference COP26 is at “high risk of failure,” according to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Planned to take place this November in Glasgow, COP26 intends to bring together global leaders to address the climate crisis.
The world’s largest plant designed to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it into rock has started running in Iceland, constructed by Climeworks, when operating at capacity the plant will draw 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the air every year.
Businesses are problem solvers, but can they solve the climate crisis?
Businesses by nature are problem solvers as they respond to supply, demand needs and wants in their markets. From a sole trader in a small coffee shop to the board of directors at Starbucks, each day brings a unique set of challenges and requires necessary changes.
Return on Investment (ROI) is the term that is thrown around to identify if and when a company’s expenditure will return a profit, either monetarily or non-monetarily. This is based on spending, speculation, expectation and forecasting.
Organics Recycling in your Business 101: How to Properly Recycle Food Waste
Food waste is the elephant in the room. Actually, it is the million-ton elephant in the room! Millions of tons of food go unused in Australia every year and one-third of all food produced around the world is wasted.
As an attempt to capitalise on the growing demand for environmentally sound products, “greenwashers” aim to make their products or services seem healthier, more natural, less wasteful, recyclable, free of chemicals or made of natural resources.