Carnival Cruises' Climate Chaos causing Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)

HFO is a highly viscous (very thick – think tar or blackstrap molasses) fossil fuel. On , land it is classified as hazardous waste. And because HFO is a waste product, it is a very cheap fuel for the shipping industry. Using HFO in the Arctic is a disaster in waiting, as the recent events in the South China sea have demonstrated.

In fact, the International Maritime Organization has already banned ships from using HFO in the Antarctic because of the risk to these delicate ecosystems with such harsh, unforgiving weather. And compared to the Antarctic, there are far more shipping routes in the Arctic. 
That’s why Stand .earth is fighting to keep HFOs out of the delicate and imperiled Arctic waters.
 
HFO risks are especially problematic when juxtaposed with the threat of cruise ships in the Arctic, which provide no value outside of recreation.  While cruisers are going on Arctic voyages to appreciate the unique environment and wildlife found only there, the very ships they sail on are burning the most dangerous possible fuel for that same ecosystem, while spewing greenhouse gases and ice-melting black carbon throughout this otherwise pristine environment. 
The cruise industry must step up and take responsibility for minimizing its impacts on the beautiful places its clients are paying to see. We’re asking the largest cruise ship company in the world, Carnival Corporation with its 10 total brands, to clean up its #DirtyShips and stop burning hazardous HFOs in the Arctic. 

Join us in asking Carnival to clean up its act. Sign our petition here.