What comes to your mind when you think of pollution? Thick black oil smeared on clean ice? Small piping shorebirds strangled by old plastic? According to the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), you should be thinking of something entirely different – cruise ships.
NABU recently singled out AIDA and TUI, two German-based cruise lines, for their harmful environmental impact. In one day alone, a ship generates 80 000kg of sewage, which is often dumped untreated just 5km from shore, as well as one ton of garbage, 645 000 litres of wastewater, 25 000 litres of oily bilge water, and 12kg of batteries, fluorescent lights, medical wastes, and expired chemicals.
It’s time for cruise lines like AIDA and TUI to stop putting profits over the environment. Updating their filtration systems to stop spewing filth into the ocean is a great first step to improving their impact on the environment.
Tell AIDA and TUI to clean up their waste filtration systems today!
At time of publication, the Care2 petition has 61 416 signatures, out of their 65 000 signature goal.