Rollins School of Public Health
The picture below is from the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal, India. Kodaikanal, which roughly translates to “gift of the forest”, is a popular vacation spot for many families in South India who travel to this refreshing hilly region to escape the heat. However, this once pristine and untouched region is now suffering from environmental damage as a consequence of commercialization. One prominent example is a case of mercury contamination by a large corporation back in 2001. Due to factory run off into the Kodaikanal lake and inappropriate waste disposal methods, the workers of the company as well as the environment were greatly affected. Though it’s been nearly 20 years, Kodaikanal is still working to recover from this horrid incident. This was a landmark case in India which sparked the debate on corporate liability, accountability, and negligence in terms of environmental abuse and worker safety.