children playing in contaminated water near the Union Carbide plant
photo: The Inquiring Mind
On December 2, 1984, Union Carbide's pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leaked methyl isocyanate gas, killing thousands. There is still contaminated soil and groundwater in the area.
Amnesty International is campaigning for continued clean-up and health support for the remaining victims.
Alternately, today is a good day to be aware of the chemicals that surround us, and be conscious of safe handling and disposal.