Former California judge Paul Seeman earned his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley. Possessing a strong professional interest in international environmental law, Paul Seeman participated in efforts to clean the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Revered by Hindus as a sacred river, the Ganges has dangerously high levels of pollution, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
As the WHO notes, the levels of toxins, bacteria, and other pollutants in the Ganges are in places almost 3,000 times more than safe limits. Despite these risks, more than 420 million people rely on the Ganges for basic needs, such as bathing and agriculture. Experts suggest that rising population in India over the past two decades coupled with lenient industrial regulations have contributed to pollution in the Ganges.
In late 2014, the Indian Supreme Court mandated that the government develop a concrete, multistage plan to rejuvenate the river. Moreover, during his election campaign, the current Indian prime minister had made promises to achieve cleanup of the Ganges within three years after taking office.