The COVID-19 crisis has thrust the cruise industry into the spotlight for knowingly putting public health at risk, long after the warning signs were clear.
But this isn’t the first time the cruise industry has put profits before people.
Over the years, cruise companies like Carnival have polluted our air, water, and climate, illegally dumped waste, plastic and oil into our oceans, avoided paying almost all U.S. taxes, and sidestepped U.S. environmental and labor regulations. They have repeatedly made choices that put the health of passengers, crew, port communities and the planet at risk.
Now as the industry plans to restart the cruise season, we’re calling on cruise companies not to return to pollution as usual, but instead commit to protecting the health of their customers, our communities, and the planet.
This means stopping the pollution of our air and climate by committing 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.
Sign the petition calling on cruise majors to clean up their act.