The Bhopal disaster in India, in 1984, was the world's worst chemical disaster. Toxic gas leaked from the poorly maintained and understaffed plant owned by Union Carbide, killing up to 20,000 people and leaving 120,000 chronically ill.
The survivors have never received adequate compensation for their debilitating illnesses and even 20 years after the disaster, thepolluted site of the abandoned factory, bleeds poisons daily into the groundwater of local residents. Bhopal is an ongoing disaster and Union Carbide's new owners, Dow Chemicals, should pay to clean up the toxic mess.
View the three part slideshow on the Bhopal disaster:
Part One - Immediate aftermath and the tragic effects of an avoidable disaster.
Part Two - Devastating effects on local people still suffering almost 18 years later.
Part Three - Suffering but not in silence- Will Dow listen to calls to clean up Bhopal?
View a series of cinema ads produced by Greenpeace and the International Campaign for Justice for Bhopal. Also, be sure to view our short piece on the Bhopal tragedy and former Union Carbide CEO, and fugitive from justice, Warren Anderson. Visit ourmultimedia section.
Read Bhopal Principles, an international sustainability policy to curb rampant corporate irresponsibility.
Corporate Crimes: The need for an international instrument on corporate accountability and liability (2002 Greenpeace report)
The Bhopal Legacy (Greenpeace report)
Dow: Myths and Realities (the truth behind Union Carbide's website on the Bhopal accident)
Visit www.bhopal.net for Union Carbide's secret "poison papers" court documents and links.
Greenpeace holds protests against Dow around the world. (December 3, 2001)