Colin’s thoughts on Bhopal from Glastonbury

An interview with Colin Gleeson, one of our volunteer litterpickers whose hard work, genuine compassion for the people in Bhopal and cheerful smile around the Bhopali Sculpture Garden at Glastonbury was very much appreciated by all. Thank you Colin. You are a rockstar.

Colin Gleeson, a brilliant support to the Bhopal Medical Appeal

Colin, what do you think of Glastonbury so far?

It is wonderful. I don’t even mind if I don’t hear any music. It is exciting and I have have met lots of lovely interesting people.”

How did you get involved with the Bhopal Medical Appeal?

I read an article in The Guardian newspaper in 2003. I donated money then, and later, when I read the letter written by Jon Snow (BMA patron) I started to make an annual donation.”

Why is Bhopal so important to you?

I really feel for the people in Bhopal. The length of time and the effects on second and third generations are shocking, and supporting charity makes me feel good.

Do you think our presence here at Glastonbury will have a big impact on raising awareness about Bhopal?

“Yes, there is the potential for involving political people and raisng media awareness. It also will increase the amount of support and may result in some donations; it also engages young people about the issues in Bhopal and the rest of the world.”

What would you like to say to Dow Chemical?

“They SHOULD compensate the people in Bhopal adequately, provide better infrastructure and of course clean-up Bhopal. They should listen to the people there, and their needs.”

And to the people in Bhopal?

“There is nothing much that I can say. I would like to apologise on behalf of the rich people in the world.”

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Glastonbury?

“Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, maybe U2. I’m still deciding. Dwayne Eddy, that takes me back to my youth.”

(I think the list might have gone on for much longer, Colin seemed pretty delighted by the live music happening on site!)

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.