Say No to Dow Chemicals partnership for Paralympics 2012
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Say No to Dow Chemicals partnership for Paralympics 2012

    1. Petition by

      Roshen Chandran

      Bangalore, India


The Paralympic Movement celebrates the spirit and excellence of atheletes with disabilities. It seeks to inspire and excite the World. We, the undersigned, fully support the Paralympics Movement.

But today a dark cloud hangs over the Paralympics. 

The Dow Chemicals Corporation is using the Paralympics to clean its image. This is a slap on the face of thousands of children living with disabilities in Bhopal, India.

Dow Chemicals (through its subsidiary Union Carbide) is responsible for the world's worst industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984. The gas leak caused over 25,000 deaths and left over 500,000 people injured. 

That was not all. Union Carbide dumped toxic waste in and around their factory. These wastes leached into the groundwater. To this day, the groundwater around the plant is contaminated. 

As a result, thousands of babies continue to be born with physical and mental disabilities

Dow, however, refuses to take responsibility for the disaster. It claims it has no liability as it did not own the plant in 1984. However, the principle of 'successor liability' requires that Dow as the acquirer of Union Carbide meet all liabilities.

It is in this context that Dow Chemicals is sponsoring the Paralympics 2012, along with the Olympics 2012. This is a cynical exercise in public relations.

We request the Paralympic Committee to stand up in support of the survivors of Bhopal. Please demand the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) to reject DOW's sponsorship of Paralympics 2012. The Indian Olympic Committee has already written to the LOCOG in protest; by protesting, the Paralympic Committee is sending a stirring message to the world.

We also request that Paralympians wear a black arm-band in support of the Bhopal survivors, and as a protest towards Dow Chemical.

Thank you,


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Sec Gen of Paralympics India promises Special Executive Meeting on Bhopal

      Roshen Chandran
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,

      Here's a quick update. We just met the Secretary General of the Paralympics Committee of India in Bangalore. We had representatives from 10 civil society organizations - both local and international.

      Our presentation focused on disabilities caused by Dow in Bhopal and in Vietnam through Agent Orange (Dow was one of the manufacturers). We also presented the online petition with your signature.

      At the end, the Secretary General promised to call a Special Executive Meeting to decide how Paralympians can stand in support of Bhopal survivors. He has not committed to a specific action, yet.

      Today was a small step for this campaign, and we have more to go. We will focus on the Executive Committee in India next.

      Thank you again for your support. If you know friends who might support this, please share the petition with them too. We have 200+ signatures now. We should try and get around 500.

      Thank you,

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shivashankar Ranjit PUNE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Simply because justice needs to be served and served right.

    • Rishabh Kumar PATNA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I interned with the activists in Bhopal and situation is just terrible. In what was nothing short of a life changing experience, for 2 months of my life I lived the problems of Bhopali people. I ddrank the contaminated water, because there was no other alternative. I ate in the homes of the affected communities. And I have proudly fought along side them. This petition, if nor for anything, must be signed for the thousands of children suffering in Bhopal owing to their genetic alteration. Bring down DOW! Make them pay, make them clean up and end the horror!

      • over 2 years ago

      Proper compensation should be paid by DOW; it is their responsibility as they knew of the disaster when they bought Union Carbide.

    • radhika krishnan BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dow and paralympic do not go hand in hand they stand for 2 very opposite sides .

    • Sandhya N Hari BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      My friend was in Bhopal during the tragedy and she told me she saw people dropping dead like mosquitoes .. Ground water is still contaminated with toxic waste.. because of this many babies are born with physical and mental disabilities.. Its time that corporates started practising "Compassionate Capitalisim"..


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