The United States has banned cruise ships from conducting tour operations that use the “tourist” term, meaning the term for a cruise that is meant to be for a limited period of time.
The move comes as the U.S. government grapples with how to protect the environment while protecting Americans from the impact of climate change.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that the environment is preserved, that people have access to clean water, that our food supply is not affected by climate change,” said the State Department’s special envoy for the Americas, Stephen O. Smith, in a press briefing Thursday.
The State Department, the department’s principal foreign policy arm, announced the ban at a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The United Nations has urged the Trump administration to do more to curb greenhouse gas emissions and protect the planet from the effects of climate chaos.
The U.K. also bans cruise ships and cruise line operations that are guided by the term “tours” from using the term.
A U.M. spokesperson told Reuters the United States and other countries have made similar decisions, but the State Dept. said in a statement that it had been working with partners to explore other options.
The cruise ship industry in the U of T is an important source of income for the university, which operates a large marine science and engineering complex.
The cruise ship operators have been lobbying hard to protect their industry.
The University of Toronto has partnered with the cruise line to host the 2019 Caribbean Cruise, an event that brings together cruise ships, luxury cruises and museums.
The industry also employs about 300 people, according to the university’s website.