Mercury Poisoning by Unilever in Kodaikanal
Global corporation Unilever dumped toxic and contaminated waste behind its thermometer factory located in Kodaikanal, a city in the South Indian state Tamil Nadu. In 2001, once word spread about this breach in environmental precautions, Unilever closed its factory. However, it is yet to adequately compensate its workers, many of whom suffered mercury poisoning. The corporation has also yet to clean up its mess and remediate the land.
Jhatkaa, a campaigning collective based in India that aims at building grassroots citizen power, uploaded this video in July 2015. Written and performed by Chennai based rapper Sofia Ashraf and set to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”, the rap is a creative take on the issue, and an appeal to garner more support to boycott Unilever products.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSal-ms0vcI