Time is running out to prevent a stranded oil tanker, named FSO Safer, from spilling 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea — causing an environmental, economic, and humanitarian catastrophe.
Currently, the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska that happened on March 24, 1989, is considered the worst oil spill worldwide in terms of environmental damage … but if this oil spill happens, it will cause an environmental disaster that is four times worse.
An FSO Safer oil spill could cause irreversible damage to one of the most important repositories of biodiversity on the planet. The ocean waters support important species including marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds.
Unfortunately, the ship — moored near Yemen — is in extremely poor condition and needs immediate attention to prevent the ship from destabilizing … but political challenges are preventing that help from arriving.
The projections for disaster don’t stop there …
The oil spill would directly affect 1.6 million Yemenis that are already suffering and are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The spill would cause every fishing community along Yemen’s west coast to collapse by destroying the people’s means to make a living.
It would also force the port of Hodeida to close for months, which has been the gateway to provide humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.
This situation is extremely dire. We’re hoping things get solved very quickly so that the people, animals, and environment don’t have to suffer — especially since the Yemeni people are already going through the world’s worst humanitarian crisis already.
We’re doing a fundraiser to help the people and children of Yemen who are desperate for food, water, shelter, and medicine.
All donations will support 2 amazing charities: Unicef Yemen and Save The Children Yemen.
You can donate now at this link …
No donation is too small … it all adds up … and these children need anything you can spare.
What do you think about the possibility of an oil-spill disaster in addition to what the Yemeni people are already going through? Leave a comment below.
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