Ship waste dumping is accelerating the acidification of the ocean

Ban scrubbers ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ The shipping industry’s loophole for dumping wastewater into the ocean needs to be closed. Demand bilateral action by the U.S. and Canada to ban scrubbers and protect the North American coast. SEND EMAIL

Oh, ship.

A few weeks ago the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) released a shocking new global report on ship pollution cheat devices, or scrubbers, and it’s clearly exposed the shipping industry’s sh*tty practices.

We know scrubbers dump toxic, acidic wastewater straight into the ocean, but how do we make the shipping industry stop when there’s little incentive for it to do so? I’m glad you asked

For example, Canadian friends, did you know that Vancouver is the fourth most scrubber-polluted port in the WORLD?

Don’t worry America, (or, scratch that, please worry) you’re spotlighted in the report as well! In fact, the U.S. has the largest volume of scrubber wastewater discharge of ANYWHERE in the world.

This report shows what the shipping industry doesn’t want us to know: Scrubbers aren’t a “green” solution at all. They dump acidic, hot wastewater full of carcinogens, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and heavy metals into the ocean… and these contaminants don’t just disappear. They accumulate in the blubber of endangered species like orcas and belugas and concentrate up the food web – including into the seafood we put in our stomachs.

Canada and the U.S. have the power to work together to ban scrubbers and protect a huge portion of the North American coasts, but we need to pressure both governments to make this a climate priority.

Email the Minister of Transport and the EPA and demand they take immediate action to ban scrubbers in the North American ECA. is a community of over half a million climate activists with a mobilization record so tremendous that big oil companies (looking at you Trans Mountain Pipeline) cower from our people power. So, let’s do what we do best – hold truth to power.

For the oceans,

Kendra Ulrich
Shipping Campaigns Director challenges corporations, industries, and governments to prioritize the well-being of people, our environment, and our climate by creating long-term, effective solutions. None of this work is possible without your support. DONATE $5 San Francisco office: 548 Market Street, Suite 74196, San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 On traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone Lands
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