Drop DOW Chemical as partners for the London 2012 Olympic Games #Bhopal
  • Petitioned Lord Sebastian Coe Chairman, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

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London 2012 Organising Committe of the Olympic Games
Lord Sebastian Coe Chairman, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Drop DOW Chemical as partners for the London 2012 Olympic Games #Bhopal

    1. Lorraine Close
    2. Petition by

      Lorraine Close

      London, United Kingdom


In 1984, an industrial plant in Bhopal, Central India, leaked 27 tons of deadly gas. Thousands in the local area were killed and over half a million were exposed, making it one of the world’s worst industrial catastrophes. 27 years later, toxic water and soil contamination means the situation remains a humanitarian and environmental tragedy affecting thousands. 

The multi-billion dollar company now responsible for the site in Bhopal is neglecting their duty to clean up the area, continuing to place thousands of lives at risk. That company is Dow Chemical -- a major sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics; an event that supposedly prides itself on its ethical and environmental policies.

Having spent six moths living and working in Bhopal at the Sambhavna clinic, I witnessed first hand the continued devastating impact of the contamination nearly three decades after the closure of the factory. I watched as children played on 'solar evaporation ponds' (toxic dumping grounds); I walked through the former factory site avoiding the blobs of mercury and jars full of chemicals with hazard labels still clearly visible that lie scattered on the ground; I listened as local people told stories of having no choice but to drink, bathe and cook with water that smells odd and that they know makes them sick.

Given these experiences of the ongoing situation in Bhopal I find it completely unacceptable that Dow Chemical are pouring millions into sponsorship of the London Olympics rather than supporting those affected by the disaster in Bhopal.  Please sign the petition and show that you also don't support this partnership.

On 9th January, outside the Olympic clock in Trafalgar Square, my friend and Bhopal survivor, Farah Edwards Khan,issued a challenge to Lord Coe. She asked that if he is to continue supporting Dow's sponsorship, he should first travel to Bhopal and drink the groundwater, which has for many years been the sole drinking water supply for thousands of local people. The CSE (Centre for Science and Environment) and the BBC have tested the Bhopal ground water and found it to be contaminated with highly toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Greenpeace describe this area as a "Global Toxic Hotspot." Lord Coe has, surprisingly, not yet responded to our invitation.

I issue the same challenge to Lord Coe - go to Bhopal, meet the victims and drink the water or drop Dow as a sponsor.

For more information about Bhopal please visit: http://www.bhopal.org/thanks-for-visiting-the-bhopal-medical-appeal/

Recent signatures



      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      The CHANGE.ORG petition is now closed. Unfortunately we didn't manage to convince Seb Coe and co that they should drop Dow however we have manged to get an Avaaz campaign started. Huge thanks goes to all who signed the petition, supported us in the campaign and who believe in justice for the campaign. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE sign the Avaaz petition by following the link below. great respect to Meredith Alexander who has done Bhopal proud with all her hard work and input.

    2. Reached 25,000 signatures
    3. 'Dirty Dow' exposed for spying on Bhopal campaigners

      Katharine Segal
      Petition Organizer

      Emails published by Wikileaks show that Dow paid US intelligence firm Stratfor to spy on Bhopal campaigners: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stratfor-was-Dows-Bhopal-spy-WikiLeaks/articleshow/12062587.cms

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures
    5. LOCOG comissioner quits over DOW partnership

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      Another major step in the campaign against Dow Chemicals partnership with the Olympic Games.
      That those commissioned to ensure LOCOGs commitment to sustainability are readily speaking out that the procurement dos not meet the ethical standards of the Olympic Association, and are willing to resign over the issue speaks volumes for the strength of our campaign and shows just how inadequate Dows responses have been thus far. Well done Meredith Alexander, for standing up for what is right.

    6. Will Lord Coe take the Bhopal challenge??

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      One step closer as Dow speak out about Bhopal. Will Coe take up the challenge??

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. 200 days to drop Dow

      Katharine Segal
      Petition Organizer

      Monday 9th January marked 200 days until the London 2012 games, so we were protesting outside the Olympic clock telling Lord Coe he has 200 days to drop Dow. You can see coverage of the protest here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XTsTB_eiy58


      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      and help build our social networking profile

    10. Put pressure on LOCOG to drop Dow Chemical as partners this Monday

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support so far.

      On Monday it will be 200 days until the London 2012 Olympics begins, which gives Lord Coe and Boris Johnson just 200 days to drop Dow Chemical and find a new sponsor. Please help us get the word to Lord Coe by:

      1. Posting this message on Twitter:
      @sebcoe 200 days to London 2012 means 200 days to drop @DowChemical as sponsors www.chn.ge/dowbhopal

      2. Find "The Bhopal Medical Appeal" on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bhopal-Medical-Appeal) and Like the below status:
      Sebastian Coe & @Boris Johnson -- 200 days to London 2012 means 200 days to drop @DowChemica

    11. Agent Orange victims are supporting the campaign against Dow

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      Dow's Human rights abuses do not end in Bhopal, they have left a legacy of environmental and humanitarian devastation across the world, from various different chemical operations.

    12. Dow Chemical branding dropped from stadium wrap, a first victory!

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      the Olympic Association appear to be bowing to public pressure. Hopefully this will continue as the momentum builds and we draw nearer to the Olympic Games

    13. Reached 15,000 signatures
    14. Indian Government must decide whether to boycott London 2012

      Katharine Segal
      Petition Organizer

      The Indian Olympic Association has said that the Indian Government must decide whether to boycott London 2012 because of Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the Olympic wrap.

    15. President of Indian Olympic Association speaks out

      Katharine Segal
      Petition Organizer

      At 11am IST in New Delhi, the petition was delivered to VK Malhotra, Acting President of the Indian Olympic Association by Rashida Bee, the Bhopal survivor and well-known activist, and 16 year old Safreen Khan, of Children Against Union Carbide. Both were also a part of the recent Rail Roko protest, where the Bhopal police had ‘Lathi charged’ thousands of protesters. They were supported by former Olympic hockey star Aslam Sher Khan.

      In response, VK Malhotra said:

      "Olympics are about love, brotherhood and transparency and this company (Dow) is linked with another which was responsible for killing thousands of Indian people,” Malhotra said. “It's unacceptable that such a company is a sponsor in the Olympics. So we will ask the London organisers to remove the company from being a sponsor.”

      This is very exciting!! We hope to hear more after the IOA finish meeting with the International Olympic Committee on Friday.

    16. Reached 10,000 signatures
    17. Reached 7,000 signatures
    18. Press conference today

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      A press conference will be held this morning with Ken Livingstone to launch the petition from Olympic site and condemn the partnership between Dow and the Olympics.
      We now have the support of several MPs including Ken Livingstone, Tessa Jowel Barry Gardiner and Navin Shah as well as many Olympians, Bollywood stars, and politically influential personalities including Noam Chomsky.
      This petition will also be launched in Bhopal by Navin Shah, who is visiting survivors in the Indian city.
      Take 5 minutes today to consider the people in Bhopal, and the rest of the world, who are being poisoned daily by toxins and chemicals produced by billion dollar multinational companies like Dow. Can the partnership be considered to be in keeping with LOCOGs committment tenable environmentally sustainable Olympics? Can LOCOG continue to defend their decision as public pressure and outrage grows stronger?

    19. 27 years of chemical poisoning

      Lorraine Close
      Petition Organizer

      Today is the 27 th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas disaster, the worst industrial accident in history. 27 years of chronic ill health, lack of justice and of largely being ignored by the world. 27 years of remembering lived ones who perished on that night and 27 years of waiting for adequate health car and compensation.
      27 years of history since such a tragic event. But there is an even bigger tragedy occurring in Bhopal right now, a second disaster which continues to affect thousands of people as they are forced to drink water contaminated by pollutants from the UCC factory. It is this that Dow must be held accountable for. The poisoning of Bhopalis that is continuing TODAY. Not 27 years ago.
      Today my heart is with the survivors in Bhopal as they continue their fight for justice. Dow Chemical should not be partering the Olympic Games. It is an insult to survivors, supporters and indeed, to the ethics of the Olympic Games

    20. Reached 5,000 signatures
    21. Statement of support from Noam Chomsky

      Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      In 1984, leakage of poisonous gases from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India killed thousands of people and poisoned 100s of thousands, many more in the years that followed. The catastrophe resulted from the company’s failure to correct serious design flaws, despite many warnings. Dow chemical, which now owns Union Carbide, refuses to assume responsibility for these crimes. The people of Bhopal have struggled to enforce accountability for one of the worst corporate crimes in history, and to gain some compensation for their suffering. They have every right to expect us to join them in their courageous efforts.

    22. Reached 2,500 signatures
    23. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • lizzie oxford BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      i have been writing an essay on the globalisation and environmental issues and i have come to realise how disgusting these people are and how much they do not deserve to represent a country that people want to be proud of when we can not be proud of the representations. These people are still suffering and they refuse to take responsibility so why should they take responsibility for something when they clearly have lost all respect and have not even tried to earn it back they are just trying to prophet and saftey should go in hand with prophets in any work force.

    • dyuti mittal DELHI, ND
      • 10 months ago

      because the well-being of the citizens of a country is more important than outward prestige gained by hosting expensive world events.

      • about 1 year ago

      Please watch shows "Planet Earth : Our Loving Home" on www.suprememastertv.com

    • Atul Sharma NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I call for Dow Chemicals to take responsibility as a Global Citizen to clean up the waste and save lives which are ending daily in Bhopal.

    • Fred Nadelman SAVANNAH, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      DOW must clean up its Bhopal plant.


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