Cause Focus: Protect Our Oceans
Turtles live in our minds a lot longer than then the 30-50 years they spend swimming in the sea. Hawksbill turtles, in particular, start life with a 2-inch shell and grow it fifteen times its original size to 2.5 feet. An adult Hawksbill weighs between 100-150 pounds. In the spring, an adult female begins to lay her first eggs when she reaches 20 years old.
Plastic cuts their lives short. While straws, garbage bags and soda bottles are part of our daily lives; they are deadly for sea life, especially turtles. Turtles often mistake floating plastic bags washed into the ocean for food. Ingesting plastic bags results in sickness and death.
In the Los Angeles area alone, 20,000 pounds of plastic fragments find their way into the Pacific Ocean daily. LA is no different than any other coastal city: a casual walk on any beach within 100 miles of any urban area in the world contains significant traces of plastic.
Plastic is also found out at sea, where 640,000 metric tons—billions of pounds-- of fishing gear is lost or discarded by fisherman every year. Unfortunately, sea turtles often get tangled in this gear and drown. The combined effect is that 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles are on the endangered species list.
What can you do to help? Simple changes might help save a young turtle from extinction; and keep them alive not only in your imagination. Consider the following as a start:
- When you shop, try buying products that recycle waste like fishing nets into nylon for apparel;
- Eliminate all single use plastic items such as grocery bags, straws, and Styrofoam cups. You can easily take your own cloth grocery bags to the market, or ask to use paper bags; don’t use plastic bags for produce;
- Pick up any plastic bags nearby or on street drains, and place them in a garbage bin.
- Pick up plastic on the beach and throw it in garbage bins; this is a great way to spend time with kids or friends;
- If you are hiking, pick up any plastic in or near streams; it ultimately ends up in the ocean.
- If you’re at sea, look for discarded nets and if you can, bring them onboard to be disposed of when you return to shore.
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