Join the Global Solidarity Fast!
Choose a day(s) between September 4 - December 3, 2015
It is the 30th year of the ongoing Bhopal gas disaster, and it is time to end the ongoing disaster. We ask you to fast in solidarity with Bhopali survivors, who face widespread soil and groundwater contamination from 8,000 - 10,000 metric tons of toxic materials left behind by Union Carbide. Over 10,000 families are impacted, in 22 communities -- and these toxins are spreading.
A recent study by the Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA) in one water-affected community, “confirmed the presence of organochlorine compounds in quantities massively exceeding WHO & EPA drinking water guidelines. Chloroform concentrations exceeded guideline values by a factor of between 4 and 7 times and carbon tetrachloride between 900 and 2400 times”. According the EPA, both chloroform and carbon tetrachloride are probable human carcinogens. The BMA study “also found at least 15 other highly toxic chemicals present in the drinking water samples, at levels that greatly exceeding the WHO safety guidelines, and further chemicals present for which there are no safe guideline values”. The report concludes with, “The water should not even be used for washing as the concentration of solvents present may cause skin problems.”
Recently the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) offered to do a comprehensive assessment of the site -- a step necessary for a proper clean-up. However, the Government of India has rejected UNEP's offer, claiming the assessment is unnecessary. Notably, the Indian government has its own plan for site remediation -- a plan which simply moves the toxins from one area to another, and will likely expose workers and other communities to Bhopal's toxic waste. We, supporters of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) reject this, and fight for "No More Bhopals" anywhere.
Moreover, as per the Polluter Pays Principle, we believe that it is the Dow Chemical Company that take responsibility for the ultimate clean-up of the site.
To support the Global Solidarity Fast, please engage in some of all of the following actions:
1) Sign up below to fast in solidarity. Your fast can be for a few hours, up to 24 hours. Please do not carry out this action if it will have an adverse impact on your health and well-being.
2) During and following your fast, ask the Government of India to accept UNEP's offer, and remind Dow of its responsibilities to clean up in Bhopal.
Please share this message on Facebook and Twitter. Tweets can be directed to @narendramodi and @pmoIndia. Please hashtag #Bhopal30.
Sample tweets: Prime Minister Modi, accept UNEP's offer! Time to clean up Bhopal @narendramodi @pmoIndia #Bhopal30 / Dow clean up Bhopal now! @DowChemical #Bhopal30
3) Please also post a picture of yourself with a sign (or just a sign), saying: "Prime Minister Modi, accept UNEP's offer! Time to clean up Bhopal" and/or “Dow clean up Bhopal now!” and share with us on Twitter (ICJBhopal) and Facebook (Global Solidarity Fast for Bhopal)
4) Finally, please consider supporting the work of Bhopali survivors and campaigners by donating what you would have normally spent on food for the duration of your fast. You can also ask your friends & family to donate in honor of your action. Even a few dollars goes a long way.
As a campaign that works on corporate accountability, we do not accept corporate funding. The Bhopalis need individual supporters like you to sustain their fight for justice. Remember that while many environmental and human rights organizations support the Bhopalis’ cause, ICJB is the only international organization that is led by the survivors and that fundraises to directly benefit the struggle as envisioned by the survivors. A tax-deductible (in the U.S.) donation can be made here.