ESPN Visits Bhopal, Finds Kids Playing Cricket in Still-Contaminated Soil (Video)
I don't usually visit ESPN to get my environmental news, much less to find engaging programming like the show they recently broadcast that that tells the story of the survivors of the Bhopal disaster. But ESPN's E:60 has delivered a powerful piece that deals with a cricket field in India where youngsters, 26 years after the chemical spill, play today and continue to suffer from the remnants of the Union Carbide-caused disaster, considered to be the world's worst industrial spill ever. If you're unfamiliar with the Bhopal disaster, here's a primer. On December 2-3, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, a leak of about 42 tons of methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals from the plant poisoned hundreds of thousands of people. No one knows what the ultimate death toll was, but it's certain that tens of thousands have been affected by death, birth defects, and other tragic physical defects.
ESPN Jeremy Schaap visited Bhopal to tell the story of several young people who play on a field near the plant. ESPN took soil samples, which show unsafe levels of methyl isocyanate. In the show, originally broadcast last month but not to be missed, Schaap goes looking for answers about why authorities still have not cleaned up the site. The resulting special is first class reporting.