Just past midnight on the 2nd/ 3rd December 1984 a pesticides factory operated by Union Carbide, a Dow Chemical subsidiary, leaked a vast cloud of poison gas into the Indian city of Bhopal.
Within hours the gas killed 10,000 people. 15,000 more have since endured, slow, painful deaths. Decades on, the disaster is still killing.
Carbide paid half a million survivors $500 each and abandoned its factory, leaving toxic wastes to poison local drinking wells. Today, Bhopal suffers an epidemic of cancers and birth defects.
Carbide’s owner, The Dow Chemical Company, refuses to pay adequate compensation or clean up the toxic mess. Summoned to address criminal charges, Dow won’t show up in court. They’ve washed their hands of the whole thing.
Late 2017, Dow merged with DuPont to form the world’s largest chemical company but Bhopal didn’t even rate a mention in the Dow and DuPont merger documents.
Dow & DuPont want all of us to forget Bhopal. It would leave them free to bury survivors’ basic rights to health, justice and dignity under a mountain of corporate law red tape.
Don’t let Dow Chemical and DuPont use their $130 billion merger to bury the world’s worst industrial disaster.
Instead, let’s use it to ensure Bhopal can never be forgotten. Please take a moment to join us in telling them – Don’t bury Bhopal. Then share with others so they can too. Thank you.
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