A toxic legacy
Published 02nd December 2009 - 8 comments - 770 views -
Today it happened to read an article about the ‘legacy’ of the Bhopal disaster. For those who do not know the incident, in 1984 a gas leak from a chemical plant that was owned by multinational caused the death of 15000 people in Bhopal India. The article (The Guardian 2/12/2009 p.20 article by Randeep Ramesh), refers to two studies that found that 25 years after the incident the groundwater remains toxic in a range of two miles around the plant and thus is poisoning the local society. In fact, the water pollution is 40 times higher than the Indian standards mention. Moreover, another impact of the pollution is that one out of twenty five children is born with a congenital defect, while even more worrying is the fact that according to campaigners 8000 tonnes of carcinogenic chemicals are leaching into water supplies used by 30000 people.
Bhopal is a part of a series of similar incidents such as Chernobyl, the use of uranium-contained bombs in former Yugoslavia, the damp of nuclear waste in Northern Sea et al. All these incidents are telling us that humanity is refusing to learn from its mistakes and that it continues to value profit above human life. For example, lately there is a debate for more nuclear energy but none seems to be concerned with the disposal of nuclear waste. Another conclusion from Bhopal is that those who are affected are normally poor and those that in the end were never responsible, not to mention that their compensation is never equal to the damage that they suffered. On the other hand, those that are responsible for such incidents are never punished accordingly and thus humanity moves through time by repeating its mistakes and by following wrong values.
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