Mary Shaw, Philadelphia Freedom Watch, December 3, 2006
Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on human rights and social justice. She currently serves as Philadelphia Area Coordinator for Amnesty International.
Today, December 3, marks the 22nd anniversary of a catastrophic explosion from a gas leak at a Union Carbine pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. More than 7,000 Bhopalis were killed in the explosion, and 15,000 more died later from their injuries.
The incident left behind a derelict plant site full of toxic chemicals that have never been effectively cleaned up.
Union Carbide is now a fully owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical. The company is still denying its responsibility, and refuses to reveal the toxicological information of the gas, thwarting medical efforts to deliver appropriate treatment to the more than 100,000 surviving victims.
You can help:
• Send an e-mail to Dow Chemical’s President and CEO, Andrew Liveris, demanding that Dow/Union Carbide face justice.
• Demand Dow Chemical clean up the Bhopal site.