Trash pollution is undeniably one of the reasons that our ocean is facing a phenomenal degradation today. There is a considerable decline in fisheries, marine habitats are visibly destroyed plus of course the effects of climate changes that can be felt everywhere.
You can argue that the earth is an ever changing world, that it continuous to evolve through the years, that changes are bound to happen – but we cannot deny the fact that humans are a big factor in creating unnatural changes and shift in this planet.
Are sea turtles paying the price?
Time and again sea turtle casualties has been reported due to fishing nets and boat accidents (still debatable whether intentional or not), but cases where trash is involve is not too new either.
Sea turtles are literally dying from our trash, from our plastic trash.
Some mistakes plastics for jellyfish, would feed on them until such time that it causes fatal internal problems. Some are being caught in abandoned nets or ropes and drown. Some gets trap with these plastics, would eventually survive but with disfiguring effects on them. While some more others are basically falling ill due to polluted waters.
So yes, sea turtles are paying the price for the incessant trash pollution.
What can we do?
We can begin by respecting the ocean as a sign of gratitude for all the abundance it’s giving us. We have to recognize the fact that not only does the ocean provide us with food and water, it also house magnificent creatures as well as organisms that made our very existence on earth a possibility.
We must learn to care for the ocean and protect it. Protecting the ocean means protecting all the marine lives that live in it, and protecting their lives means protecting ourselves as well.
We can create awareness about the effects of trash pollution that all leads back to the ocean. We have to educate the people on how the existence of marine lives including the sea turtles are being threaten because of the enormous trash we are dumping in our waters.
NOW, is a good time to start making changes. We can defend the sea turtles by creating awareness. People will tend to care more for something that they know more about. We have to continually educate other people about the importance of caring for the ocean.
We can start small by being more aware on how we dispose of our trash. Remember that it all leads back to the ocean. Start considering a greener lifestyle, it’s not only good for our own health, but for the environment as well. Say no to plastics whenever you can, always opt for biodegradable and recyclable materials.
Quite frankly, to care for the ocean and defend the sea turtles we have to be more proactive. We have to make sure that our voices are being heard. And we have to continue on doing that until radical changes are finally taking place.