Toxic Trespass

CompanyGetty Images Reportage
PhotographerGiles Clarke
PrizeBronze in Press / Nature/Environmental
Entry Description

'Toxic Trespass' sheds light on the toxic effects and growing contamination from the abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory site that continues to severely effect and poison the people of Bhopal, India today. The original site of the heavily-polluted pesticide plant was never cleared up and remains, as referred to by Greenpeace, one of the world's 'toxic hotspots'. Thousands families have, for decades, been using water contaminated with toxic chemicals as their primary supply leading to serious illnesses, including cancers, and a spate of birth defects in their children. The title refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber's concept of toxic trespass, in which "chemicals that are suspected or known to be linked to cancer or reproductive problems; neurological poisons that are entering our bodies because we're breathing or we're drinking or we're eating food and we haven't consented to their presence being there."