Super Tuesday is just a few days away. Join the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) and the Sea Party Coalition to oppose offshore oil drilling. This election year is pivotal to the health of our ocean planet. Our next president can protect our ocean, or open up the east coast and the Arctic to offshore drilling. Check out Where the Candidates Stand on Offshore Oiland be ready to vote for clean renewable energy. Support candidates who oppose dirty, dangerous fossil-fuels obtained from offshore oil drilling and development.
Offshore oil drilling contributes to climate change, threatens marine life, and can harm our nation’s coastal economy and way of life. The Colorado SCUBA diving community, the largest consortium of inland U.S. divers, sees first hand the destruction that offshore oil drilling has on their favorite diving spots. Leaks, blowouts, and catastrophic spills harm fragile ocean ecosystems. That’s why so many towns and cities along the coast have passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling.
COCO unites people to protect oceans from a mile high. With our watershed to the sea connection, the ocean is closer than you think. Between climate change, ocean acidification, air pollution and interrelated environmental problems, we all have a responsibility to raise our voices against actions that harm our natural environment. Please, vote the coast.
This past Sunday we celebrated World Water Day by taking action against #SilentOilSpills.
Call To Action
It’s perfect that this year’s theme is ‘Water and Sustainable Development‘. The theme is about howwater links to all sustainable development areas that we need to consider in order to create the future we want. For example, the Silent Oil Spills campaign is raising awareness about the impacts of petroleum motor oil, and how everyone can be part of the solution, from how they shop (choose recyclable and biodegradable motor oils) to how they drive (a properly maintained vehicle keeps oil off the roadways). Petroleum-based motor oils and industrial lubricants are contaminating our water supply and causing irreversible damage to our environment, and to us.
As our partners we are asking you to help spread our message and bring awareness to this issue. Below are a few things you can do!
“More than 40% of water pollution in the U.S. is from used motor oil. More used motor oil is illegally dumped every year than the oil lost in the BP Gulf Coast Spill. It’s time we do something about it.”
The greatest source of petroleum pollution in the ocean is transported there through rivers and streams, largely from the improper disposal of used motor oils down drains and from urban street runoff.
500 million gallons of used petroleum lubricating oil reaches the world’s oceans each year through routine ship maintenance and improper disposal of used oils.
The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that sewage treatment plants discharge twice as much oil into coastal waters as do tanker accidents.