Don’t Let Toxic Sinking Ship Cause Environmental Disaster

Target: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka

Goal: Protect marine systems from worst effects of hazard-filled ship.

A sinking ship brimming with dangerous chemicals and tons of oil could prove catastrophic for marine ecosystems off the coast of Sri Lanka. The MV X-Press Pearl, a cargo ship from Singapore, was on fire for roughly two weeks following a suspected nitric acid leak that may have been covered up by the ship’s crew. While efforts to keep the massive vessel from breaking apart or further leaking hazardous material are ongoing, ecologists fear a grave environmental disaster.

Around 80 containers on the ship were believed to contain “dangerous cargo,” which includes nitric acid, plastic pellets, and 350 metric tons of oil. Large quantities of the plastic pellets (as high as two feet) have washed ashore: an ominous omen for the marine life most vulnerable to plastic pollution. If the oil still trapped in bunkers escapes into the Indian Ocean, the consequences for these vibrant and diverse animals and plants could prove even more devastating.

Sign the petition below to demand Sri Lanka make removing these imminent threats a short-term priority and a full investigation into the troubling incident a top long-term priority.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Rajapaksa,

While you cannot go back in time and change Sri Lanka’s decision to admit the MV X-Press Pearl into your waters, you can commit to mitigating this disaster and ensure such an environmental crisis never happens again. Please dedicate all available resources to cleansing the coasts and aquatic systems of lethal plastic pellets. Heed the advisories of experts to utilize divers in taking the equally threatening massive oil supplies from this vessel.

Most crucially, fully investigate the origins and circumstances of this horrific incident. Ensure accountability and needed reforms that will safeguard Sri Lanka’s precious and vital marine ecosystems well into the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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11 Comments

  1. Hasn’t there been enough damage done to the oceans!! Take care of this situation immediately before another disaster occurs. Just do it!!

  2. Paula Morgan says:

    All countries are responsible and need to be held accountable for this type of incident. Is this an accident? Possibly but your country knew what the ship was loaded with and should have taken precautions. Better yet no such chemical cargo should have even been boarded on the ship in the first place.
    There is no one who isn’t aware we are in climate change. A problem such as this harms the entire world! No excuses as you can’t efficiently clean up such a problem. My suggestion, for what it’s worth, is to get that ship out of the water now!!!!! Unfortunately your country is at fault and needs to take drastic actions to save what has been harmed. All countries must answer to the people of the world. Don’t start what you can’t finish … safely!

  3. Julia Edinger says:

    DO YOUR “DAM JOB” CLEAN UP YOUR “MESS BEFORE” IT KILL’S EVEN MORE ,,,,, PRECIOUS MAMMALS,,,FISH,,, OCEAN SEA LIFE!!!! YOU SHOULD BE PUT IN “PRISON” FOR THIS HORRIBLE CRIME‼️

  4. American Girl says:

    For God’s sake, stop this madness now & clean it up! Jail the morons responsible!

  5. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Reckless and irresponsible whether intentional or accidental. A ships cargo containing poisonous and toxic chemicals seeping into the Ocean is catastrophic to all forms of life.

  6. Needs to be a international law that forces them to clean it up like through the UN.

  7. Maria Bertrand says:

    Please clean it up automatically or soon there will be nothing left!!

  8. CLEAN-UP YOUR SHIT, SRI LANKA!!!!!
    YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO POLLUTE OUR PLANET’S VITAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS and poison all AQUATIC LIFE there. THIS NATURE BELONGS TO THE ENTIRE EARTH, AND NOT TO SRI LANKA ONLY. THIS IS A SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME AND YOUR OBLIGATION is to fully INVESTIGATE the origins and circumstances of this horrific incident and CLEAN it UP NOW!!!!!!!

  9. The u.s. just intentionally sank a ferry to create a reef. However it took 11 months to empty out toxic chemicals. These people like to shit where they eat!

  10. If the world doesn’t take care of our oceans it will be a catastrophe to all

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