NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Global Cruise Activist Network (GCAN) yesterday announced its « Rethink Cruise Tourism » campaign to force the cruise industry to shift operating models to social, economic and environmental responsibility before the cruise sector resuming after the COVID-19 break.
During a virtual press conference, the group that had formed during the COVID-19 pandemic to demand that the cruise industry not go back to business as usual urged the cruise industry to implement safer and more effective policies.
As part of the campaign, GCAN released two videos – « RethinkBeforeRebook » and « RethinkBeforeReinfect » – as well as a series of graphics and fact sheets to give policy makers and prospective cruisers a vision of what a transformed cruise industry might look like.
In September 2020, GCAN, which includes members of cruise port residents, civil society organizations and lawyers for & victims of crime, published its « Principles for Responsible Cruise Tourism », which provides a roadmap for moving into the socially and environmentally responsible future GCAN -Members want to see. The Principles address a range of concerns ranging from the negative impact of the cruise industry on local communities to work, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, the environment and biodiversity, public health and crime victims.
Sam Duncombe of the local environmental NGO reEarth commented: “Our goal is a fair and responsible holiday travel system that optimizes economic benefits for all parties and eliminates the negative social, public and environmental impact of cruises on the port communities , Workers and passengers. ”
Several other environmentalists representing groups around the world have voiced their concerns about the cruise industry, claiming it is contributing to pollution, there is a risk of spreading COVID-19 and « underpaying » its employees. They urged the cruise industry to further delay operations, travelers to reconsider booking cruises, and governments to « regulate this rogue industry ». .
GCAN launched its campaign just days after the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel advisory recommending that « all people worldwide avoid traveling on cruise lines, including river cruises … because of the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high « .
According to the CDC, « Driving safely and responsibly is a major challenge during a global pandemic » as « Cruise ships facilitate and amplify the transmission of COVID-19 ». . In the past few weeks, some major cruise lines announced they would be ceasing operations and suspending upcoming cruises by the end of 2020.
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