This year is the 30th anniversary of the disaster. Our big project right now is to consolidate six websites and 10+ years of information into one comprehensive website. But this is too much for our little group to take on ourselves. We are already so busy with other tasks (e.g. I spent hours this weekend importing data and cleaning up the database).
So this summer I am switching things up and am asking my friends and family to support our fundraising campaign, so we can hire somebody to help us finish this project.
Why Bhopal? Why this cause? Why care after 30 years?
1) No business should be able to get away with killing 20,000+ people and causing multiple generations of birth defects. The value of a life is not $500 (without consultation from victims’ families). The gas disaster demonstrates what happens when corporations lack regulations and enforcement and it shows how they can evade justice. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide company in the early 2000s, and in turn inherited their liabilities.
2) Organizing and international pressure have led to gains. It took many years, but now Bhopalis have clean water. Unfortunately, the factory is still there and polluting the land.
3) Survivors have created their own school and health clinic, taking matters into their own hands. It’s inspiring and more people need to hear this story.
4) We need to hold corporations and governments accountable. Everywhere. Our land and lives are precious and priceless. They should never be treated as a business loss or risk.
I hope you can make a donation to support this effort. It’s something I’m personally invested in and giving my to.
Thank you!! I love you! xoxoxoxo
PS – When I was in India, I did not go to Bhopal. Next trip!!