Target: US Navy
Goal: Prevent the needless pollution of the Pacific Ocean from sinking inactive ships
During upcoming war games, the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet” intends on sinking three inactive ships off the coast of Hawaii. These types of sunken ships, when underwater for extended periods of time, release chemicals that are extremely harmful to the marine life. The ocean ecosystem in that part of the Pacific is incredibly diverse and full of creatures found nowhere else, and Navy must be stopped from harming them.
The sinking of these ships does serve a purpose; they are part of SINKEX, which means sinking exercise, and the old ships provide target practice used for training purposes. However, it has been found that SINKEX doesn’t accurately simulate real war scenarios (because the old ships are sitting ducks; stationary targets are not common in combat), and there are a number of green alternatives to use as targets. According to the Center for Biological Diversity’s press release on this subject, “This year’s operation will be the first such ocean dumping of old ships since the chief of naval operations placed a moratorium on SINKEX in 2011, and the first since the Sierra Club and Basel Action Network (BAN), represented by Earthjustice, filed a formal complaint against the EPA for continuing to allow the ocean dumping of toxins on SINKEX vessels.” With such vehement opposition from environmental groups and with more ecologically friendly options available, it’s unacceptable that the Navy continues on with this exercise.
The sunken ships give off toxins from heavy metals and chemicals known as “PCBs” (polychlorinated biphenyls), which are suspected carcinogens. These chemicals spread into the water and are absorbed by fish and ocean mammals, poisoning them and threatening the ecosystem. The ships should not be sunk, but instead recycled.
Dear US Navy,
In your upcoming war games, you intend on commencing a SINKEX exercise. Despite the insistence by many environmental groups that you cease and desist, you are going to continue on with the needless sinking of three recyclable vessels and poison the ocean’s ecosystem. This is unacceptable. I demand that you do not go through with these actions.
I understand that this is being used as a training exercise, but there are countless other things to be used for target practice that would do much less harm to the environment. Your “Great Green Fleet” has apparently been ironically named. Those old ships must be instead recycled, helping the ocean instead of hurting it. I urge you to rethink your war games and do what is right to protect the ocean habitat.
[Your Name Here]