Oceans

The world’s oceans support countless forms of life. Unfortunately, oceans and the tens of millions of people who live near them are under threat from oil spills, air pollution, sewage releases, industrial ocean fish farming, and unnatural ocean noise. Friends of the Earth has won regional, national and international limits on air, water and oil pollution from cruise ships, cargo ships, oil tankers, ferries and recreational water craft. We were instrumental in achieving the establishment of air pollution limits for ships near the coasts of the U.S. and Canada, which prohibit the use of dirty bunker fuel — unless alternative compliance methods are employed, such as shorepower or other pollution reduction technologies.
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Saving California’s Coastline
Saving California’s Coastline

Hundreds of Friends of the Earth members called their state legislators, urging them to support these important bills, and we went to Sacramento to march and voice our strong opposition to Zinke’s plan.

Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing
Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing

Pebble Mine is a clear environmental disaster—yet its parent company found a financier for the project in First Quantum Minerals. To stop this project, Friends of the Earth has worked  to hit them where it hurts: their financial backing.

Keeping Puget Sound Clean
Keeping Puget Sound Clean

Five years of environmental activism will clean the state’s waterways, protect public health, and boost local economy. This is a major win for both Washington and our planet.

Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state
Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state

In early March 2018, Washington’s state legislature passed House Bill 2957—a bill that bans all future industrial net pen operations by 2022. This bill should send a message to the aquaculture industry that its time is up.

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Senators Advance Controversial Aquaculture Bill, Threatening Coastal Economies and Ecosystems

The last thing we should be doing is allowing corporations to dump even more toxins into our oceans by rubber-stamping these dangerous developments

50,000+ people tell CDC to extend no-sail order for cruise ships

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition led by environmental advocacy organizations Stand.earth and Friends of the Earth US calling for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to extend its no-sail order for cruise ships, due to the risk that resumed operations would pose to public health and…

Major Cruise Lines receive Fs from WatchDog Group

Friends of the Earth released the 2020 edition of its Cruise Ship Report Card today, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and grading 18 cruise lines and their 193 ships.

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Cruise Industry Restart Demands
Cruise Industry Restart Demands

With the industry almost completely halted due to the COVID-19 crisis, Friends of the Earth sets out the following demands before the cruise industry should resume its operations in the United States.

What Would a Clean Cruising Industry Look Like?
What Would a Clean Cruising Industry Look Like?

In order to have clean cruising, we need the cruise industry to stop contributing to the climate crisis, polluting our air and water, destroying marine ecology, oceans, beaches and coral reefs with waste, and hiding their emissions.

Cruising in an era of coronavirus
Cruising in an era of coronavirus

The cruise industry must address the consequences of cruise pollution, and implement  the necessary protections for public health before cruising can continue in a post-COVID-19 world.

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  • 2020 Cruise Ship Report Card
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  • US Army Corps of Engineers Sign-On Letter Regarding COVID-19
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  • No Cruise Bailout Sign-On Letter
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