Bhopal?

 

Last week in class we watched a video on the gas leak incident in Bhopal, India.  This incident was considered the world’s worst industrial disaster to date.  Personally, I had never heard of the Bhopal incident and was not aware of how disastrous it was.  When we watched the video on the flashbacks of how it all started, I honestly felt sick to my stomach.  I can handle a lot, but seeing what all those families went through and still to this day have to go through, made me extremely uncomfortable.

When I asked my family and close friends if they had ever heard of the Bhopal incident, they had all said no as well.  Even though this incident happened in 1984, you would think it would have at least made its mark on some people being the world’s worst industrial disaster.  So this made me come to a point to consider.  What does it take for people to become interested in a problem?  Does it have to hit home in the United States?  Or does it have to be televised constantly on the air before we decide to take the time and look into this problem?  I can agree I am at fault at this as well, not being up to date in world news.  Some day’s people just want to know what is happening in their own world, and block the rest of the world out.  We shouldn’t need these gripping movies, or television documentaries to keep us informed and educated.

Even though Bhopal was hurt a little over 30 years ago, their families and friends are still being affected.  Their third and even fourth generation’s kids still are born with birth defects and struggle to get the care they need.  Think of all the people in the world that probably have no idea what happened in Bhopal.  We as people need to start showing support just not for ourselves for people everywhere.  If we keep our backs to the world how can we ever communicate with each other and show support.  

By: Matthew Wurzelbacher

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2 thoughts on “Bhopal?

  1. I think when it comes to the rest of the world, we like to think we are so up to date with what’s going on. As well as this, we trust the news and media to give us all the important information that we need to know. The media tends to not be able to cover all bases when it comes to the rest of the world. They talk about what they think will be relevant to American’s and some things I’m sure they leave out because they don’t think we will be particularly interested. This is a slippery slope.
    -Jocelyn Scott

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  2. I too had previously never heard of Bhopal and this documentary really hit me. What I found even more disturbing is the whole response and follow up to this disaster. The World Health Organization just posted a study that shows 1 in 4 deaths world wide is linked to preventable environmental risks. This is happening at the same time presidential candidates are vowing to get rid of the EPA. How come we don’t hear anything about environmental policies in the debate? Another thing about Bhopal is that as more countries emerge in their industrial phase many more low-income people will be put in these exact unrestricted conditions again.

    Lukas Allen

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