Join the coalition to clean up cruise ships

Carnival – which bills itself as “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line” – powers its ships with one of the dirtiest fossil fuels that exists: heavy fuel oil (HFO). It does this because heavy fuel oil can be bought at rock bottom prices. But when burned, heavy fuel oil releases greenhouse gases and other dangerous pollutants like sulfur dioxide, along with soot (also called black carbon).

In places like the Arctic and sub-Arctic, this soot settles on sea ice, rapidly accelerating its melting. Sea ice loss is devastating for Arctic wildlife and is having a heavy impact on Arctic communities.

Not only does the Carnival’s use of heavy fuel oil increase global climate change, the risk of oil spills poses a major threat to wildlife and coastal communities that depend on the sea’s resources. Worse still: heavy fuel oil is virtually impossible to clean-up, particularly in cold and remote Arctic waters.

Letter to Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald:

Dear Mr. Donald,

Carnival is the world’s largest cruise company and it is failing to protect our climate and the Arctic.

Your company’s use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) contributes to an accelerated pace of Arctic sea ice melt due to significant soot emissions, puts this delicate ecosystem at unnecessary risk of an irreversible environmental catastrophe in the event of an HFO spill, and threatens Arctic communities’ lives and livelihoods.

While Carnival publicizes its environmental initiatives and values, as CEO you have not committed to ending the use of one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels – HFO. We applaud efforts to reduce dangerous sulfur dioxide emissions in ways that do not contribute to greater water pollution, but these will never be a replacement for ending the use of HFO in the Arctic. Rather than being a part of the problem, it’s time for Carnival to lead the way and adopt clean shipping solutions!

We the undersigned urge you to:

  • Switch all of the cruise ships in your fleets to low-sulfur diesel fuel, and immediately end the use and carriage as fuel of all heavy fuel oil and heavy fuel oil blends in Canada, Alaska, and Arctic routes, to reduce the black carbon (soot) pollution that greatly accelerates snow and ice melt and threatens polar wildlife, communities, and ecosystems in the event of a spill.
  • Further, reduce black carbon pollution on all Carnival Corp. ships by installing diesel particulate filters on all fleets.
  • Take the lead in developing and implementing clean shipping technologies that help power cruise ships without fossil fuels completely!  

The places we all love depend on it!

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