We continue to hear of our worsening climate crisis and the need for deeper and faster cuts in our greenhouse gas emissions (UN Emissions Gap Report).
Meanwhile the Port of Seattle is planning to expand the number of cruise berths so that we can host four cruise ships at a time in our harbor. This raises concerns since cruises have three to four times the greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile compared with flying.
This November the Sacred Earth Matters group voted to oppose cruise berth expansion, joining about 20other local organizations. The expansion would increase the local greenhouse gas footprint at a time when we need to decrease it.
Two organizations, 350 Seattle and Stand.earth, initiated this opposition to the non-essential activity of cruising.
One of the principles held by many climate activists is that the problem is systemic rather than a matter of individual lifestyle choices, thus this push to discourage government agencies from building out more fossil-fuel-dependent structures such as cruise ship berths.
Sacred Earth Matters members fully recognize that the Port of Seattle has taken many steps to be a greener port but those steps pale in comparison to the full impacts of cruise, cargo and aviation.
More information and ways to get involved. When you review this information please note that the comment period related to ‘scoping’ the environmental impact is now complete but there will be opportunity for comments during the environmental review process.
by Jan Von Lehe