According to a recent study more than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested some plastic or human trash, and it’s one of their main causes of death.
Sea turtles can’t tell the difference between a plastic bags or balloons and the jellyfish they feed on. They can also become entangled in plastic and drown or not escape predators. And plastic debris contributes to destroying their habitats.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered, and humans are largely to blame. When it comes to plastic pollution, most of us don’t even realise we’re contributing to this terrible situation. A recent study in the journal Science notes 4 to 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year -- debris like plastic bags, balloons, bottles, straws, packaging and fishing gear.
Sea Turtle Conservancy says, “eighty percent of the plastic debris comes from land. It washes out to sea from our beaches, streets and highways. It flows out through storm drains into streams and rivers. It flies away from landfills and into the stomachs of sea turtles everywhere.”
But that means we can do something about it! We can make a difference and save these majestic animals by reducing or eliminating the causes that lead to ocean pollution.
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We must also put pressure on local and national governments across the world to enact legislation to reduce or outright ban certain unnecessary plastics -- like shopping bags or plastic water bottles.
There is good news on both fronts: more and more people are becoming aware that their actions can have disastrous consequences on wildlife and the environment, are there is a willingness around the globe to lessen the impact humans are having. What’s more, many jurisdictions around the world have taken steps to ban or reduce plastics in everyday life.
That’s why it’s important for us to continue putting the pressure -- on our governments, and on ourselves -- to reduce our use of plastics and help save the lives of millions of sea turtles and other marine animals. Please take the pledge to reduce your own use of plastics, and sign the petition calling on governments to help eliminate unnecessary plastics.
Together we can make a big difference!