Vancouver climate activists to "greet" first Alaskan cruise ship of the season

Apr 26 2022, 10:18 pm

As the cruise ship industry gets ready to set sail in a less pandemic-ridden world, Vancouver climate activists are hoping Canadian leaders will wake up to the environmental destruction the industry leaves behind.

On April 27, the first Alaskan cruise ship to dock in Vancouver this season will arrive at Canada Place. Climate activists are planning to “greet” the ship with a press conference and a rally. They’re also going to deliver a petition that has been signed by over 50,000 people to the nearby federal government building.

The petition notes that the cruise ships are dumping enough sewage “to fill an Olympic swimming pool every day.”

The main purpose of the action is to stop the legalization of the dumping of harmful pollution cruise ships release into the ocean. The primary speakers represent both and the Georgia Strait Alliance.

“Cruise ships are returning to Vancouver along with their poop, greywater, and washwater dumping,” reads the Facebook event page.

“Join Stand and ‘greet’ the first Alaskan cruise ship at Canada Place and deliver the petition to stop ship waste dumping.”

In a media release, links to a report that was commissioned by the group that looks at the environmental impacts of the cruise ship industry.

The report’s primary aim is to debunk myths about the benefits of the cruise ship industry.

The key findings include:

  • Cruise tourism spending totalled CA$ 137.1 million while non-cruise tourism spent nearly CA$ 3 billion¬†(CA$ 2.936,7 billion) or over¬†20 times more.
  • Cruise tourism in Victoria constituted nearly¬†12% of the total number of visitors, but cruise-related tourists were responsible for less than 2%¬†of tourism spending in the region.
  • Non-cruise tourism created nearly¬†31 times more jobs¬†(37,411 vs. 1210) than cruise operations In Greater Victoria.
  • Non-cruise tourism in Greater Victoria is responsible for generating¬†nearly 20 times more in government taxes than cruise tourism.

The report suggests that Transport Canada has finally taken notice of dumping by the cruise ship industry.

The “greeting” will take place at 8:30 am on April 27, at 401 Burrard Street in Vancouver.

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