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