Early Bird Registration: Register by September 21nd and the fee is $35 for professionals and $20 for students. Registration Deadline: Everyone must register by October 10! After September 21, the fee is $50 for Professionals and $35 for students.
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The conference costs ICJB up to $70 per person. Everyone who wants to attend the conference, regardless of financial means, has the right to do so. Please let us know if you will need the fee waived or reduced. You may also pay by check or cash at the conference itself.
What is this conference all about?
Our 7th Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bhopal Conference isn't just a ton of fun; it is also an opportunity for activists, allies, students, and supporters of the Bhopal campaign to meet, strategize, and discuss our plans for the year ahead. This year, the conference will be better than ever, with guest speakers, and in-depth conversations about improving our work.
Submitted by SfB.Website on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:12
Just two days left until I embark on my Run4Bhopal half marathon, and I'm a little short of my fundraising goal. To support the ongoing struggle for justice in Bhopal, please donate to my Run4Bhopal! I'm asking for $25, or as much as you can afford.
“If I were to tell you a story about how a toxic cloud had poisoned an Indian city of a million people, would you believe me? If I told you that one of the world’s largest companies had run away like a thief in the night and left mountains of poisons behind for the last twenty-six years, would you doubt me? If I told you that the world’s poorest people will never stop fighting for the right to be toxic-free while challenging the captains of American power, would you call me a dreamer?”
Submitted by SfB.Website on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:19
June 7, 2011
GREENWASHING: false expressions of environmental concern especially as a cover for environmentally-unsound products, policies, or activities (adapted from Merriam Webster).
"Join 60 leading thinkers as they explore the future of water for our world today. Covering global systems and specific "megatrends," featuring personal stories from the frontlines as well as reflections on the human dimension of water, The Future of Water will examine how different fields, sectors, and stakeholders can meet the challenge of supplying a growing global population with clean and sustainable water." http://www.futurewecreate.com/
Sounds benign, even commendable, right? The so-called leaders asked to join the conference were in fact perpetrators of drinking water contamination and unjust privatization of water worldwide. Involved parties in the conference included Coke, BottledWaterWeb.com, and the infamous Dow Chemical. Surprisingly, Dow Chemical had contacted Anna Lappe, world-renowned author, public speaker and activist, with a request for a 60-second video for the virtual conference. Her response was more honest then the company would have hoped for, and obviously was rejected:
Where does the Bhopal Gas Disaster fit into this story? Dow acquired Union Carbide in 2002 and thereby acquired its assets and liabilities. You can read more on the legal background of Dow's liability. By refusing to clean up in Bhopal, and allowing water and soil contamination to seep deeper into an aquifer, Dow is committing crimes against humanity.
As for the Future We Create conference, the "personal stories from the frontlines" it advertises should sound more like young Bhopali Amir's story. "The Human dimension of water" in reality looks more like these picture I took at the eerie Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal this past February, where it continues to leak its water toxins:
Don't let these greenwashing attempts go unnoticed. To take action, tweet something clever @Futureswecreate or post something on its Facebook page. Check out Justice4Bhopal's twitter account for ideas.