Flowing 1,560 miles from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges River, locally known as Ganga, is one of the world’s greatest, longest and most polluted waterways in the world. On its journey from the mountains to the sea, the sacred river — considered by Hindus to be the personification of the goddess Ganga — collects untreated sewage, trash and an estimated 1.2 billion pounds of discarded soft and hard plastic each year. The staggering pollution earns the Ganges the dubious honor of being among ten rivers in Asia and Africa that transport 93 percent of the river-based plastics deposited into Earth’s ocean.
Stemming the Ganges’s Himalaya-sized tide of plastic waste to prevent it from reaching the ocean may seem impossible, but that’s precisely the goal of Think Ocean. Helping river-adjacent communities build waste infrastructure to keep plastic out of the water,
Think Ocean is supporting the journey of explorers Tom Warburton and Dan Mills, and alongside with their insight into the ever-changing eco-systems & cultures which live on the banks of the infamous Ganges River, we will gather vital information that will allows to understand and learn about the challenges that organizations working in the cleaning of the river faces everyday and how, as Think Ocean, we will be able to add our help in the best possible way.
It's our responsibility today to protect our eco-systems and oceans.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Leaving September 2021, Dan Mills & Tom Warburton will set off from the source of one of the world’s most famous rivers, travelling over 1500 miles to the mouth in the Bay of Bengal - all in the footsteps of acclaimed explorer and special forces soldier Eric Newby.