Oil spill

A decaying tanker could create the worst environmental disaster in history ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Decaying oil tanker off the coast of Yemen

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A decaying oil tanker off the coast of Yemen could spew a MILLION barrels of oil into the Red Sea. That’s four times the oil spilled by Exxon Valdez!

It’s a ticking time bomb that could be the biggest environmental catastrophe in history, but no one is talking about it. And the United Nations can’t scrape together enough donations to clean it up before disaster strikes.

We’re going to change that.

If thousands of us come together to create a citizen cleanup fund, then campaign to demand our governments match our donations 100:1, we can help get the UN the money they need to start the clean up straight away.

We have no time to spare – experts say they have to start within weeks or it might be too late.

A, can you give $88 to help stop this ticking time bomb?

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Scientists are sounding the alarm that at any moment, the ship could disintegrate or explode, causing 10 million people to lose access to drinking water. It would destroy the Red Sea’s coral reef, mangroves, and turtle nesting sites…forever. And it would disrupt traffic into a critical Yemeni port for several months, cutting off humanitarian aid to Yemen – which 20 million people rely on to survive.

If disaster strikes, it would cost $20 BILLION to clean up the mess.

The good news is the UN has a plan in place to assess the safety of the tanker, then carefully transfer the oil to a temporary, safe vessel. The empty tanks would then be cleaned to remove any remaining oil and the ship would be made into scrap.

But they can’t start until they raise the funds to do it. Out of desperation, the UN just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help, but without massive support it won’t be enough.

The cleanup must be complete before the fall, when currents and high winds make the worst case scenario even more likely. But our governments are turning their backs on this looming disaster.

Together we can start a citizen clean up fund, then use it to lobby our governments to chip in the rest, showing them that citizens around the world won’t rest until we save ourselves from the biggest environmental disaster, ever. Anything extra we raise can be used on critical environmental campaigns worldwide. Can you help?

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Thanks for all that you do,
Allison and the SumOfUs team


More information:

A 'time bomb' in the Red Sea could cause a catastrophic oil spill without global help: UN.
CBC. 11 May 2022. U.N. seeks $144 million to offload decaying Yemen oil tanker.
Reuters. 10 May 2022. Rotting Red Sea oil tanker could leave 8m people without water.
The Guardian. 11 October 2021. Yemen: Decaying oil tanker in Red Sea threatens disaster.
BBC. 15 July 2020.

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