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2011 Bhopal Conference

  • Posted on: 9 August 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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Register for the 7th Annual North American Bhopal Conference!

Strech break, 2010 conference
WHEN: Saturday October 15 & Sunday October 16, 2011 (with social event Friday evening)
WHERE: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Register Now!

Early Bird Registration: Register by September 21nd and the fee is $35 for professionals and $20 for students.
Registration Deadline: Everyone must register by October 10! After September 21, the fee is $50 for Professionals and $35 for students.

Pay now via ICJB's donation page on PANNA's website (our fiscal sponsor).  Write "conference registration" in the "Special Comments" box.

The conference costs ICJB up to $70 per person. Everyone who wants to attend the conference, regardless of financial means, has the right to do so. Please let us know if you will need the fee waived or reduced. You may also pay by check or cash at the conference itself.

What is this conference all about?

Our 7th Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bhopal Conference isn't just a ton of fun; it is also an opportunity for activists, allies, students, and supporters of the Bhopal campaign to meet, strategize, and discuss our plans for the year ahead. This year, the conference will be better than ever, with guest speakers, and in-depth conversations about improving our work.

Run4Bhopal: Please Support this Initiative!

  • Posted on: 29 July 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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Just two days left until I embark on my Run4Bhopal half marathon, and I'm a little short of my fundraising goal.  To support the ongoing struggle for justice in Bhopal, please donate to my Run4Bhopal! I'm asking for $25, or as much as you can afford.


Original running image from http://tribalrunner.tumblr.com/“If I were to tell you a story about how a toxic cloud had poisoned an Indian city of a million people, would you believe me? If I told you that one of the world’s largest companies had run away like a thief in the night and left mountains of poisons behind for the last twenty-six years, would you doubt me? If I told you that the world’s poorest people will never stop fighting for the right to be toxic-free while challenging the captains of American power, would you call me a dreamer?”

~ Gary Cohen, longtime Bhopal activist, and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm and the Environmental Health Fund

New to the world’s worst industrial disaster and its implications for an increasingly global market? Learn more here: http://studentsforbhopal.org/learn


On July 31st, I will run 13.1 miles in the San Francisco Half Marathon to support the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB). To donate, please go to my wish: http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/325181?bws=fb_stream_card.  Who me? Run at 6a.m.? Yes! Here’s why…

Corporate accountability groups nationwide expose the "Future We Create" conference as fraudulent greenwashing

  • Posted on: 8 June 2011
  • By: SfB.Website
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June 7, 2011

GREENWASHING: false expressions of environmental concern especially as a cover for environmentally-unsound products, policies, or activities (adapted from Merriam Webster).

"Join 60 leading thinkers as they explore the future of water for our world today. Covering global systems and specific "megatrends," featuring personal stories from the frontlines as well as reflections on the human dimension of water, The Future of Water will examine how different fields, sectors, and stakeholders can meet the challenge of supplying a growing global population with clean and sustainable water." http://www.futurewecreate.com/
 
Sounds benign, even commendable, right?  The so-called leaders asked to join the conference were in fact perpetrators of drinking water contamination and unjust privatization of water worldwide.  Involved parties in the conference included Coke, BottledWaterWeb.com, and the infamous Dow Chemical.  Surprisingly, Dow Chemical had contacted Anna Lappe, world-renowned author, public speaker and activist, with a request for a 60-second video for the virtual conference.  Her response was more honest then the company would have hoped for, and obviously was rejected:

Read the full press release here.

Their attempts at greenwashing were met with opposition from individuals and organizations like Lappe's  Small Planet Institute, Corporate Accountability International and the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (us!).

Where does the Bhopal Gas Disaster fit into this story? Dow acquired Union Carbide in 2002 and thereby acquired its assets and liabilities.  You can read more on the legal background of Dow's liability. By refusing to clean up in Bhopal, and allowing water and soil contamination to seep deeper into an aquifer, Dow is committing crimes against humanity. 

As for the Future We Create conference, the "personal stories from the frontlines" it advertises should sound more like young Bhopali Amir's story.  "The Human dimension of water" in reality looks more like these picture I took at the eerie Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal this past February, where it continues to leak its water toxins:

Water outside of the factoryUnion Carbide Pesticide FactoryBhopali kids on the factory wall

Don't let these greenwashing attempts go unnoticed. To take action, tweet something clever @Futureswecreate or post something on its Facebook page. Check out Justice4Bhopal's twitter account for ideas.

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