El 14 de febrero de 2013: Update to this article:
Venice row: Cruise ships ‘dwarf’ historic city
Floods cause chaos in Venice after heavy rain (There’s a cruise ship in this video).
04.04.12 Hola. On our Home page awhile back, someone placed a spam comment linking to their blog about vacation spots. We deleted the spam comment, but would like to respond to it. The person said they had spent a lot of time reading pink barrio. (That’s often what spam comments say). But if they had spent time reading pink barrio, the person would know of the pink barrio’s concern for our environment. On the vacation spot blog, one of their suggestions for travel was to take a cruise. Environmentally speaking, cruise ships are very bad for the environment (they hit whales and dolphins regularly). Here’s one example: Scientists examine carcass of whale hit by ship. Vessel apparently struck 70-ton fin whale and unknowingly carried it. And often cruise ship companies escape environmental regulations. Here are more examples (from the Seattlepi.com article – link above):
“In a single day, the federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates passengers aboard a typical cruise ship will generate:
21,000 gallons of sewage
1 ton of garbage
170,000 gallons of wastewater from sinks, showers and laundry
More than 25 pounds of batteries, fluorescent lights, medical wastes and expired chemicals (based on average fleet data from 1999 and 2000)
Up to 6,400 gallons of oily bilge water from engines
Four plastic bottles per passenger — about 8,500 bottles per day for the Carnival Spirit
Cruise ships incinerate 75 to 85 percent of their garbage, the EPA found in a 2008 study.”
According to the Friends of the Earth Cruise Report Card, “…most travelers don’t realize that taking a cruise is more harmful to the environment and human health than many other forms of travel.”
We were talking about this here in the pink barrio as I was writing this, and someone asked me: If most people who take cruises were aware of what you’re presenting here, do you think most people would stop taking cruising? My answer: No. I think most people would continue to take cruises regardless. They would somehow justify their cruise trips. I would think that any thinking person would already be somewhat aware of these problems with cruise ships. For example, where do people think all the waste on these cruise ships goes? Or do they excuse it by saying, “well, it has to go somewhere so it really doesn’t matter where it goes.” Oh I see. I’ve observed people for many years, and until someone is forced to change their behaviour they will not. On one message forum related to cruises, more than one person wrote, “I’ve earned it,” (meaning their cruise). My, aren’t we self-entitled?! No one has “earned” the right to harm our environment for personal, selfish reasons, because our environment belongs to all of us and effects all of us.
For those who do care about our environment—and honestly that probably excludes most of the cruise ship passengers, I suspect—we don’t recommend that people take cruises. Instead, we at pink barrio recommend that people take local biking and/or walking holidays or day trips on the metro in your city. The oceans will appreciate that, especially the whales and dolphins. The whales and dolphins will say: Muchísimas gracias. Chau.—el barrio rosa