India: How our clothes cause water pollution

May 18, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

The horror of water pollution in India has become a major crisis as the country faces an alarming rise in contamination levels due to Western consumerism. The city of Tiruppur, located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is one such epicenter. Known as the ‘Textile Capital’ of India, Tiruppur is home to an influx of garment production factories which dump their toxic wastes directly into local rivers while polluting the air with chemicals and other harmful pollutants.

The situation is so severe that it has led to serious health complications for both adults and children living in the region, who rely heavily on these rivers for their daily activities and sustenance. Furthermore, this rampant pollution has severely affected aquatic life and deprived farmers of their livelihoods as they are unable to use this precious resource anymore. This is not only destroying the environment but also causing a disruption to many lives dependent on it.

If you’re looking for further insight into this issue, then I highly recommend making time for the documentary ‘Tiruppur: Pollution & Profit’, created by artist and conservationist Subaikhanum Venkatachalam. It gives an eye-opening perspective on how uncurbed industrialization has wreaked havoc on our environment, pointing out its devastating effects on both people’s lives and wildlife habitats alike.

In addition to presenting an upsetting story about pollution in India, ‘Tiruppur: Pollution & Profit’ also takes a hard look at how big businesses are exploiting vulnerable communities through irresponsible practices—from hazardous waste disposal methods to minimal corporate social responsibility initiatives—to make their own profits without consideration of its impact on people’s lives or health.

This documentary stands as a stark reminder of just how dire the consequences can be when we allow Western consumerism to go unchecked at the expense of others’ safety and well-being. We urge you to watch this powerful film and help spread awareness regarding such issues so that proper action can be taken for a better future.

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