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Want to take a greener cruise? May 20, 2010 11:14 AM

Are you thinking of taking a cruise vacation this summer?

If so, you'll want to check out Friends of the Earth's just-released report card grading cruise lines and ships on their environmental impacts.

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For the second year in a row, we've found that cruise lines are doing less than they can to protect the areas where they travel. Too many cruise ships still use dirty fuel that pollutes our air, and too many still dump inadequately treated sewage and other waste into the sea.

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Fortunately, you can help clean up the cruise industry! Please consider taking both of the following actions:

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First, please forward our report card

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(http://www.foe.org/cruisereportcard) to anyone you know who may be considering a cruise vacation. In addition to grading each cruise line on its overall impact, we grade individual ships, so cruise-goers are empowered to choose less polluting ships.

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Second, we are closer than ever to passing landmark legislation that will force the cruise industry to clean up its act. The "Clean Cruise Ship Act," sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Ca.) in the House and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the Senate, would placer stricter limits on water pollution from cruise ships. Please contact your congressional representatives to urge them to cosponsor this important bill today.

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Thanks in advance for your support.

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Marcie Keever
Clean Vessels Campaign Director

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Friends of the Earth

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P.S. We just released our report card, but it's already generating media coverage around the country. Click on the links to view coverage from USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, Florida Today, and D.C. Bureau, and feel free to share them with your friends.

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