Rickshaw Riders Of Allahabad
A study by the World Health Organisation published in 2016, showed that the air in the Indian city of Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, has pollution levels seventeen times higher than the recommended
Ambient air pollution, made of high concentrations of small and fine particulate matter, is the greatest environmental risk to health, increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and causing more than 3 million premature deaths worldwide every year.
Fumes from vehicles, emissions from factories and the use of coal and wood for cooking and heating are the main contributors to the levels of ambient air pollution in the city, that has a population of 1.2 million people and is the second oldest in India.
The use of cycle rickshaws, a non polluting and cost effective mode for the transportation of people and goods is an important part of urban mobility of a country that by 2030 will overtake China as the most populated in the world.
In early 2017 I travelled to Allahabad and photographed local cycle rickshaw riders, a group of people that are using sustainable transportation but in doing so, are exposed to very high levels of pollution.