Sean Gallagher@sean_gallagher_photo

Photographer & Filmmaker documenting critical global environmental issues. National Geographic Creative & Pulitzer Center. Founder @everydayextinction

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Untreated wastewater from nearby leather tanneries passes along a drainage channel. As the highly acidic water passes by vegetation it burns it black. The untreated water is ultimately channeled onto local farmland and into the Ganges River. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A child stands barefoot near a water channel outside a leather tannery. Infomal and unregulated small tanneries are found throughout the Jajmau area of the city. Many of the tanneries release untreated watewater into the local sewer system. ••• Kanpur is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A man stands next to a collection of leather whips, drying in the sun. They are to be exported to the United States. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Workers in a factory making leather shoes in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A child worker pulls discarded leather trimmings at a dumping ground on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Leather belts on sale at a market in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A young boy stands in a waste collection area used to process discarded leather trimmings, on the banks of the Ganges River at Kanpur. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A man bathes in the Ganges, on the edge of the city of Kanpur. Nearby tanneries that produce leather goods are largely unregulated and release untreated toxic wastewater directly into the river and onto local farmland. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A child labourer lays out pig skins to dry, in the Jajmau factory area of Kanpur. As well as the hids of cows and water buffaloes, pigs are also used as a source from which to make various leather products. ••• Kanpur is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Saida, a former tannery worker, in her home in Kanpur. She is one of many local villagers who suffer from serious skin conditions, such as suspected chemically-enduced vitiligo, believed to have been brought about by having regular contact with toxic waste water from local tanneries which are pumped into the local water supply. ••• Kanpur is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A worker stands in a shaft of light that pierces the dark of an informal tannery, in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. Workers in the tanneries are at high risk due to lax regulations and protections for them in the tanning process. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A child plays barefoot on a road that has been flooded by untreated industrial wastewater from nearby tanneries. Wastewater is released into local waterways and farmland, resulting in numerous health problems for locals. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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