NEW YORK — Clean up your bathroom and you’ll help save the planet.
That’s the message from cruise ship passengers as they gather on the decks of cruise ships to mark International Cleanup Day.
“Clean your bathroom.
We don’t want people to go into our toilets and do all the nasty things that they do in other countries,” said passenger and cruise line worker Lisa Jett, who is from England.
The event was organized by Cruise Line Cruise Lines and the Environmental Justice Center, which is based in Portland, Oregon.
The group plans to hold another event on Thursday in Miami, Florida, where more than 2,000 people are expected to attend.
There are about 1,500 cruise ships operating in the U.S., according to cruise line company Cruise Line, with the majority of the ships in the East Coast.
In recent years, the cruise industry has been in the spotlight for a variety of environmental problems, including a number of environmental lawsuits.
In one of the most recent cases, a lawsuit filed in April by Greenpeace alleges that Carnival Cruise Lines violated the Clean Water Act and its own policies by dumping toxic waste from its cruise ships into the Atlantic Ocean.
Carnival has denied the allegations and is in the midst of a $40 million class action lawsuit that accuses it of negligence.
Environmental Justice Center co-founder Lisa Mazzetti said the cruise ship industry needs to do a better job of cleaning up its own vessels.
She added that the cruise ships are not the only place where the cruise line is failing to provide proper water quality control.
We can’t continue to have this kind of industry, she said.