Let's save turtles.

Let's save turtles.

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John Wendell Palagar started this petition to Everyone

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Bonaire is the home to three of the world’s six endangered or critically endangered species of marine turtles: the hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtle.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has identified five major hazards to sea turtles:

Fisheries: Sea turtles virtually everywhere are affected by fisheries, especially longlines, gill nets, and trawls. The most severe of these impacts are death after entanglement, habitat destruction, and food web changes.

Direct Take: Sea turtles and their eggs are killed by people throughout the world for food, and for products including oil, leather, and shell.

Coastal Development: Sea turtle habitats are degraded and destroyed by coastal development. This includes both shoreline and seafloor alterations, such as nesting beach degradation, seafloor dredging, vessel traffic, construction, and alteration of vegetation.

Pollution: Plastics, discarded fishing gear, petroleum by-products, and other debris harm and kill sea turtles through ingestion and entanglement. Chemical pollutants can weaken sea turtles’ immune systems, making them susceptible to disease.

Climate change: Climate change will increase the frequency of extreme weather events, resulting in the loss of nesting beaches, and cause other alterations to critical sea turtle habitats and basic oceanographic processes. 

What we do know is that sea turtles—even at diminished population levels—play an important role in ocean ecosystems by maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, providing key habitat for other marine life, helping to balance marine food webs, and facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land.

Things You Can Do to Save the turtles and other marine animals.

1. Use reusable plastic products.
Plastic debris in the ocean degrades marine habitats and contributes to the deaths of many marine animals. Because floating plastic often resembles food to many sea turtles, they can choke or starve.

2. Properly dispose of hazardous materials.
Motor oil and other hazardous materials. This pollutes the water and hurts the overall health of our oceans. Be sure to dispose of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe way.

3. Pick up garbage and litter near beaches.
Much of the plastic and debris found in the ocean has its beginnings in beach litter.  Bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.

4. Buy ocean-friendly products.
Avoid products produced through unsustainable or environmentally harmful methods. These products are directly linked to unsustainable fishing methods and the destruction of entire ecosystems.

5. Share this petition with your friends.
Tell people what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to make a difference.

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