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On the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal industrial disaster, activists display images from Bhopal and ask the general public for signatures demanding the chemical industry Dow to pay its debt with the citizens of Bhopal.

Toxic hotspots

Across the globe irresponsible companies and negligent governments have created many global toxic hotspots.

Many toxic chemicals are global pollutants and areas such as oldfactories, dumping grounds, effluent outfalls and waste storage sitesare heavily polluted and listed on our Global Toxics Hotspots Map. Check the Map to find out where toxics hotspots are in your country and who was responsible for creating them.

Bhopal:

TheBhopal disaster in India, in 1984, was the world's worst chemicaldisaster. Toxic gas leaked from the poorly maintained and understaffedplant owned by Union Carbide, killing up to 20,000 people and leaving120,000 chronically ill.

The survivors have never received adequate compensation for theirdebilitating illnesses and even 20 years after the disaster, the polluted site of the abandoned factory,bleeds poisons daily into the groundwater of local residents. Bhopal isan ongoing disaster and Union Carbide's new owners, Dow Chemicals,should pay to clean up the toxic mess.

Slideshow on the Bhopal disaster:

Immediate aftermath and the tragic effects of an avoidable disaster.

Read:

Bhopal Principles, an international sustainability policy to curb rampant corporate irresponsibility.

  Chemical Stockpiles at Union Carbide in Bhopal. Exectutive Summary

  Technical guidelines for cleanup at the Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) site in Bhopal, Madya Pradesh, India (2002 Greenpeace report)

  The Bhopal Legacy (Greenpeace report)

  Corporate Crimes: The need for an international instrument on corporate accountability and liability (2002 Greenpeace report)

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)

The latest updates

 

Kids react to toxic water pollution

Video | 23 January, 2014 at 12:12

Children in Beijing and Shishi City, China react to pictures of toxic water pollution off the coast of South Eastern China. 2014-01-23

Mexican children tell clothes brands to 'Detox our Future'

Video | 16 January, 2014 at 16:50

More than one hundred children create a human banner reading: "Detox Our Future", with the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior in the background, displaying the 'Detox symbol' between her masts. The activity took place to mark the launch of the...

Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

Video | 24 October, 2013 at 10:30

Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. For more information or to find out how you can join the campaign visit: www.greenpeace.org/detox

Silent Witnesses to the Toxic Truth

Video | 20 December, 2012 at 11:00

The Qiantang River in coastal Zhejiang Province is an area where more than one third of China's dyeing and printing takes place in an attempt to quench the insatiable global thirst for fast-fashion. Toxic water pollution is not a new story in...

Dirty little secret

Video | 22 March, 2012 at 10:00

Greenpeace activists and volunteers plastered cities around the world with posters covered with a special non-toxic ink that was washed away to reveal the fashion industry's dirty little secret. Consumers were then encouraged to take part in...

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