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stevemccurrystudios:

“Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.” 
― Rebecca SolnitWanderlust: A History of Walking

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS:  

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/behind-closed-doors-abuse-of-domestic-workers/

pulitzercenter:

The city of Kanpur lies on the banks of the Ganges River in northern India. It has become one of the most important cities in India as its leather industry has grown.

First established in the mid-19th century, Kanpur is now the country’s biggest producer of leather products. Its leather is exported across the world, with 95 percent of its output destined for Western markets including those in the US, UK and Germany.

The success comes at great environmental and social cost. Pollution from the tanneries is destroying the ecology of the local Ganges River and scarring residents in the form of life-threatening illnesses.

The city is now notorious for having some of the country’s worst water pollution problems yet the tannery industry continues to discharge waste water laced with toxic chemicals, such as chromium, freely into local waterways.

This water is channeled onto local farmland, poisoning the soil, entering the food chain and accumulating in local ecosystems. At greatest risk are the people who work in the tanneries and farmers who work daily with the toxic and highly acidic water.

Local residents suffer an array of health troubles, a result of the bioaccumulation of dangerous toxins over decades. Health problems include cancers, mental illness, child development issues and skin diseases.

View Pulitzer Center grantee Sean Gallagher’s full project: Toxic Development: The Cost of Pollution in India

halftheskymovement:

“As we were considered ‘untouchable’, people from other castes usually didn’t touch us – but if we skipped work or made mistakes they beat us, and sometimes even pelted us with stones,” says Uganta Umarwal, a single mother of three who made only 300 rupees (less than $5) a month.Manual cleaning of latrines in India was banned in 1993, but nearly 800,000 toilets are still cleaned by members of the Dalit caste like Umarwal. A new program with the NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation hopes to change that by creating new economic opportunities to aid these women.
Read more via The Guardian.

halftheskymovement:

“As we were considered ‘untouchable’, people from other castes usually didn’t touch us – but if we skipped work or made mistakes they beat us, and sometimes even pelted us with stones,” says Uganta Umarwal, a single mother of three who made only 300 rupees (less than $5) a month.

Manual cleaning of latrines in India was banned in 1993, but nearly 800,000 toilets are still cleaned by members of the Dalit caste like Umarwal. A new program with the NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation hopes to change that by creating new economic opportunities to aid these women.

Read more via The Guardian.

theimeu:

‪Israel‬'s assault on ‪Gaza‬ over the summer caused extensive damage to water and sewage systems, which were already in critical condition due to the siege and previous Israeli assaults.
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theimeu:

Israel‬'s assault on Gaza‬ over the summer caused extensive damage to water and sewage systems, which were already in critical condition due to the siege and previous Israeli assaults.

Learn more.