International ethecon Black Planet Award 2014/2015

DOW CHEMICAL & Bhopal / ethecon activist travels to India

The Board of Directors and major shareholders of DOW CHEMICAL have been nominated for the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2014/2015. I.a. for the crimes in Bhopal/India, which hundreds of thousands fell victim to, in 1984. ethecon activist Anabel Schnura travels to Bhopal as a volunteer on July 8, 2015, where she will stay for at least three months to help take care of the victims. She is going to justify the Black Planet Award nomination on site, and she has an Open Letter in her luggage exposing the prize winners to international criticism.

ethecon activist Anabel Schnura travels to India on July 8, 2015, to work as a volunteer providing assistance to the medical care for the tens of thousands of victims of the Bhopal-disaster. Responsible for the horrible situation there are especially board members Andrew Liveris and James M. Ringler and, behind them, the major shareholders of the US chemicals company DOW CHEMICAL. Because of these “crimes against humanity” ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economy has marked them out with the 2014/2015 International Black Planet Award. In 2001, DOW CHEMICAL took over the US company UNION CARBIDE. This makes DOW fully responsible for the catastrophic aftermath of the biggest chemical accident in the history of industry. In the night from 3rd to 4th of December 1984, a gas tank with methyl isocyanate (MIC) exploded in the UNION CARBIDE factory in Bhopal. This caused thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of injured victims immediately. And today, more than 31 years after the disaster, more than 100,000 people in Bhopal are still suffering from incurable chronic diseases due to the chemical burn of mucous membranes and inner organs and damage to their lungs. DOW CHEMICAL never paid any reparation. Every day more humans poison themselves, as no secure water-supply is provided in the area surrounding the polluted factory for many square miles. The affected people are left without medical support. Two clinics, organized by volunteers on the basis of international Solidarity and financed by donations, can no longer provide even the most needed primary health care.
One of these two self-organizing clinics is the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, where more than 30 years after the chemical disaster 29,000 poisoned people, among them many children and youths, are being taken care of without charge.

ethecon is cooperating with the international Bhopal-campaigns Bhopal.org and Bhopal.net. The foundation is also financially supporting the clinic and the victims’ struggle for a just compensation and the decontamination of the polluted area.
Anabel is also going to launch political campaigns on site to address board members Andrew Liveris and James M. Ringler and, behind them, the major shareholders of the US chemicals company DOW CHEMICAL. She is carrying an Open Letter exposing the winners of the foundation’s International Black Planet Award 2014/2015 to international criticism.

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Over the past years, the International ethecon Blue Planet Award has gone to Diane Wilson/USA (2006), Vandana Shiva/India (2007), José Abreu and Hugo Chávez/Venezuela (2008), Uri Avnery/Israel (2009), Elias Bierdel/Austria (2010), Angela Davis/USA (2011), Jean Ziegler/Switzerland (2012) and Esther Bejarano/Germany (2013). By receiving the International ethecon Black Planet Award, on the other hand, managers and major shareholders of the following groups have been shamed: MONSANTO/USA (2006), NESTLÉ/Switzerland (2007), BLACKWATER (XE)/USA (2008), Formosa Plastics Group/Taiwan (2009), BP/UK (2010), TEPCO/Japan (2011), GLENCORE/Switzerland (2012) and DEUTSCHE BANK/Germany (2013).

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