Protect Our Oceans From Harmful Shipwrecks

Target: Jacqueline Alder of UN Oceans

Goal: Stop shipwrecks from destroying the ocean

A major recent concern for the World Wildlife Foundation has been an influx of shipwrecks that have left the areas around them polluted and ruined. Cargo such as oil, coal, fuel, and chemicals has been dragged down to the ocean depths as damaged ships sink. It doesn’t help that many hot-spots for cargo ships also happen to be some of the oceans’ most vulnerable natural areas, including coral reefs and unique fisheries that are being destroyed by shipwrecks.

The wreckage from these disasters is particularly difficult to recover from; currently there are no solutions to clean up oil leaks that occur underneath ice.  The introduction of these deadly toxins to some of the most fragile ecosystems in the world needs to be prevented.

Oftentimes oceans are pushed to the back of people’s minds as they’re uninhabited by people. However, oceans are full of some of the most fascinating life on earth and much of it is yet to be discovered. Humans have only been able to see less than 5% of the ocean thus far according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If we continue to unthinkingly damage these areas, we may never get the chance to discover what lies beyond what we can see.

In order to preserve the well-being of the oceans’ beautiful ecosystems, laws need to be introduced to protect against these shipwreck damages. Continuing to let this situation escalate would be highly destructive to the oceans.


Dear Ms. Alder,

The damage from shipwrecks involved in international trade have resulted in significant damage to the ocean. Cargo such as oil, coal, fuel, and chemicals have been dumped into the ocean when these ships get impacted. These contaminants, as I am sure you know, are highly detrimental to the ecosystems of the oceans and are incredibly difficult to be cleaned up.

The oceans’ ecosystems are some of the most beautiful and most sensitive in the world. Habitats such as coral reefs and fisheries need to be protected in order to continue to survive. Without the assistance of more stringent regulations and policies, shipwrecks will do more and more damage to these incredible areas of life.

You have been a constant supporter of preserving the oceans and the incredible ecosystems they home. This is a cause that also needs your full support in defending the oceans as we continue to increase the amount of international shipping in our ever-growing world. Losing any of the yet undiscovered life in the ocean would be a tragedy, and will certainly happen if measures aren’t taken to prevent shipwrecks from doing more damage to the oceans.

I urge you to introduce stricter policies to monitor the transportation of items such as these to protect the oceans.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joseph Novak via Flickr

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