Unforgettable Commemoration

Greenpeace 20 years memorial activities on Bhopal disaster

Press release - 2004-12-04
Greenpeace activists around the world are remembering the world's worst industrial disaster, twenty years after a toxic gas leak killed and maimed thousands in the Indian city of Bhopal. "Twenty years on, people in Bhopal are still suffering because DOW Chemical refuses to take responsibility for their welfare or for the toxic waste that is still poisoning their land and water.” said Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace campaigner in Bhopal.

Greenpeace 20 years memorial activities on Bhopal disaster

Greenpeace 20 years memorial activities on Bhopal disaster

Greenpeace activists around the world are remembering the world's worst industrial disaster, twenty years after a toxic gas leak killed and maimed thousands in the Indian city of Bhopal. "Twenty years on, people in Bhopal are still suffering because DOW Chemical refuses to take responsibility for their welfare or for the toxic waste that is still poisoning their land and water." said Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace campaigner in Bhopal.

Greenpeace global memorial activity

Greenpeace activists in fifteen countries, and seven Indian cities, including Bhopal, held candlelight vigils and formed human chains. In Switzerland, they delivered an exact replica of the memorial statue in Bhopal to the DOW European headquarters in Zurich. Photo exhibitions showing people impacted by the poisoned gas and the contamination of the site are being held in Belgium, France, Australia, India and Slovakia, among others.

In China, 20 Greenpeace volunteers representing 20 years of Bhopal disaster rode bicycles to Beijing streets, to dispatch 8,000 postcards which printed photos of Bhopal casualties. The 8,000 postcards refer to Bhopal citizens directly killed by inbreathing toxic gas in the disaster.

Greenpeace calling for public concerns on corporate accountability

With these activities, Greenpeace hopes to remind publics not forgetting Bhopal disaster. Greenpeace and International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) are demanding that DOW, the multinational chemical leader, pays for the health treatment of the survivors, cleans up the large stockpiles of dangerous poisons left behind at the factory site since the disaster and cleans up the contaminated underground water.

Greenpeace warns publics to focus on corporate accountability, especially multinational corporations adopt double standards of environment in developed countries and developing countries. "In an increasingly globalised world, there is a need for corporations like DOW to use consistent standards around the world and take responsibility for their operations. If this disaster had happened in Europe or the US, the site would have been cleaned and the people fully compensated." Gerd Leipold, Greenpeace International Executive Director said at a seminar on Bhopal and corporate accountability in Brussels on December 3rd.

In China, the factory of the world, Greenpeace reminds public keeping an eye on the industrial disaster to replay in China-in Guiyu, a small town in southeast of Guangdong province, for a decade, outdated, inferior technologies have been used to treat discarded electrical products delivered globally, operation methods such as plastics incineration and pickling extract metal have brought irreversible damage to ecology environment.

Greenpeace believes, if electronic product enterprises do not take the responsibility of recycling discarded products consistently in the world, if they do not accelerate design of non-poison electrical products, another industrial disaster may come on again.

Notes:

For more information, please contact:
Yue Yihua, Director of Greenpeace China hazardous material contamination prevention project 86-10-65546931-101
Mei Jiayong, Executive manager of Greenpeace China hazardous material contamination prevention project director 852-28548377

Notes:

For more information, please contact:
Yue Yihua, Director of Greenpeace China hazardous material contamination prevention project 86-10-65546931-101
Mei Jiayong, Executive manager of Greenpeace China hazardous material contamination prevention project director 852-28548377

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