evening, the Long Beach City Council unanimously passed a Ship It Zero
Resolution 6-0. Long Beach City Councilmember Cindy Allen introduced the
resolution on Earth Day, calling on Long Beach’s top maritime importers to
commit to making all port calls to the San Pedro Port Complex, which includes
the Port of Long Beach, on 100% zero-emissions ships by 2030.
resolution would unite the nation’s largest ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach –
and the largest U.S. seaport complex – in making the commitment of
zero-emissions ocean shipping by 2030
The resolution also requires support for
resolution also requires support for legislation or administrative action to
rapidly decarbonize the maritime shipping industry and to create zero-emission
shipping corridors along the California coast, the West Coast of the United
States, and across the trans-Pacific trade route.
ocean shipping industry’s pollution is on the rise and is expected to comprise
17% of global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 without urgent action.
to the largest port in the nation, Los Angeles County receives 40% of all
containerized cargo imports to the United States coming through the Ports of
Los Angeles and Long Beach, making the surrounding communities – which are
primarily working-class Black and Brown communities – particularly vulnerable
to deadly pollutants
supply chain issues have left over 100 ocean cargo ships idling off the coast
of the Port of Long Beach, spewing toxic pollution into Black, Brown, poor, and
working-class Californians’ air for far too long,” said Dawny’allHeydari, Ship
It Zero Campaign Lead, Pacific Environment. “Thank you to the Long Beach City
Council for prioritizing the health and wellness of residents of Long Beach by
drawing a line in the sand for big retailers like Target, Walmart, IKEA, and
Amazon to clean up their dirty shipping practices. No longer shall West Long
Beach be treated as the collateral damage of the American economy.”
“The recent ship backlog at the ports have
undone years of air quality improvements and will impact Long Beach’s most
vulnerable residents the hardest.
West Long Beach resident, I thank the Long Beach City Council for taking the
first steps in tackling one of the largest sources of pollution in our