The cruise industry plans to start sailing in North America again by the end of September. That means cruise ships will be out spewing deadly pollution, dumping untreated waste, and risking the health of its passengers, crew, communities and the environment once again.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can choose to extend its “No Sail Order” until cruise ship companies demonstrate their obligation to protect public health and the environment by publicly committing to address their negative impacts on passengers, crew, communities, and the climate. This includes – but is not limited to - achieving zero emissions by 2050, immediately switching to the cleanest fuels available, ending the dumping of untreated or poorly treated waste in our oceans, and publicly reporting on their performance. Because without these changes, there is no guarantee for the safety of passengers – especially given the link between climate change and the increased risk of pandemics.
For decades, cruise companies’ have made irresponsible choices that put profit before people and the planet. Their presence has harmed the cultural and economy of local communities. They have flagrantly violated environmental laws. Most recently, they played a prominent role in spreading COVID-19. That’s why we are calling for further delaying the restarting of cruise ships.
What can you do?
#1: Sign Stand.earth's petition to urge the CDC to extend the No Sail Order. It takes less than a minute.
#2: Take five minutes right now to tell the CDC to extend the “no sail order” until cruise ships clean up their act. Click here to enter your own unique comments to the CDC (enter "CDC-2020-0087"). Written comments must be received on or before September 21, 2020. This is the most powerful, impactful, and effective thing you will do all week!
We’ve provided some sample text and talking points, but writing your own, original comment in your own words will make a much bigger impact!
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SOUND OFF ON CRUISE SHIPS!
Tip #1: All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and are subject to public disclosure. Comments will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Don’t include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. If you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be on public display.
Tip #2: CDC will review all submissions and may choose to redact, or withhold, submissions containing private or proprietary information such as Social Security numbers, medical information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign.
Tip #3: The CDC provided >50 questions to respond to. You are welcome to respond to them all.
TOP LINE MESSAGES & TALKING POINTS:
We want the CDC to know that we want cruise ships prevented from further endangering passengers, crew, and the communities they visit, as well as spreading the COVID disease. With recent outbreaks of COVID-19 on ships in Norway and the Pacific, cruises cannot be allowed to sail again this soon. Before cruises set sail again they must take the health of its passengers and the environment seriously, that’s why the CDC must extend the No Sail Order beyond September. Will you sign this petition and share it with five of your friends and family?
By taking action together, we can show the cruise industry the true power of our movement to stop its harmful practices.
For more information or additional talking points, please contact GCAN.