GANGES RIVER DELTA
IMAGE CREDIT: NASA
Beginning in the Chaukhamba mountain massif in the remote regions of Uttarakhand, India, Lachie will climb to the true source of the Ganges: the Gangotri Glacier, 4,762 meters above sea level.
Paddling out from the glaciers mouth he will commence his journey.
The initial 500km on the river will be extreme: difficult, cold, glacial-fed rapids will keep Lachie and his select team on their toes as the river tumbles down the Himalaya.
During this chapter the team will be working closely together to find safe passage and record the unique environment found in this region. Upon reaching the Indian plains the river slows dramatically and Lachie will then travel solo by any means.
During this section of the expedition (2000 km +) the focus will be on documentation of the ancient culture and life sustained by the sacred river course, recording through the medium of photography a landscape that has had increasing pressure placed on it due to diminishing freshwater supplies from the Himalaya.
By the end of November 2017 Lachie will have completed the expedition, reaching the world's largest river delta- that of the Ganges- which reaches the ocean at the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.
Source of the Ganges River, Gangotri Glacier, Uttarakhand
CONTRIBUTE TO HELP BUILD A WATER HEALTH CENTRE IN INDIA
The goal of the expedition is to fund raise enough money to build a Water Health Centre in India. It is almost as big of a goal as the physical feat its self. The world is going to see growing issues with water scarcity and growing pollutant levels in water sources in the coming years. Warming global temperatures have lead to glaciers dramatically receding and experientially growing populations are leading to further pollution and pressure being put on our finite water resources. India, in 2022 is set to be the world's most populated country. Surely if we are to find a sustainable solution to the impending water crisis the world faces the we must first look to India.
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Using off-the-shelf technologies (including UV light disinfection), the Water Health Centers efficiently purify any available local water source to exceed World Health Organisation drinking water standards. Water Health Centers employ local workers to maintain, test and dispense pure water at the cheapest possible cost. And those who cannot travel to a Water Health Center have the option to have the purified water delivered directly to them.
At less than US$10 per person, Water Health can provide a decade of healthy drinking water to communities in need.
Instead of looking to government to deploy a solution that delivers clean water to those in need we are showing initiative and promoting a small scale sustainable solution, attacking the problem from the ground up. Funding this Water Health Centre is being lead by Australian Non-For-Profit organisation The Sustainable Spring Initiative.
The location allocated for the center is in Gujarat Provence of Western India.
IMAGE CREDIT: Alessandro Bergamini