Eradicating plastic to assist the green turtles
I’m fortunate sufficient to be on vacation at a distant North Queensland seashore and every morning my husband, canine and I stroll the size of the seashore. We by no means know what we’ll see. It’s a fantastic ritual of dialog and statement. And now conservation too. This morning was green turtles tracks.
There may be a lot dialogue with the locals about the six green turtle nests already on the seashore. However this morning we witnessed one other… massive tracks as much as the dunes and again and proof of a couple of tried nests till she lastly discovered her excellent place.
Now we now have seven green turtles nests!
All of us are awaiting eagerly (like expectant grandparents) to see if we get some hatchlings. We all know a goanna has obtained to 1 of the nests. After all, that is the circle of life. Statistically so few of the child green turtles will survive.
I by no means stroll the seashore with out taking a bag to gather garbage (it occurs to be a fabric bag made of recycled materials from work), merely I don’t want the first meal of one of these tiny creatures to be a chunk of micro plastic. (These minute blue specs most likely look so tasty).
And it has grow to be a factor… virtually a contest with the walkers. Nobody right here walks the seashore with out taking plastic and refuse away. We do not know the place the litter comes from… from reef boats or from the currents. However even on this distant place there’s all the time specks of plastic.
The place does the plastic come from?
Everybody does it right here, everybody picks up, in the event that they see one thing. After we see inconsiderate garbage left behind from a seashore celebration; as a substitute of being indignant with what stays, we merely take away it – after which we don’t have to have a look at it once more and be reminded of the thoughtlessness – out of sight out of thoughts.
I keep in mind this time final yr David Attenborough urged us to solely use what we’d like, to reuse earlier than we recycle and easily to note all the things round us and do one thing once we see it.
In Western Australia I noticed the marketing campaign – ‘Take three for the sea’. Everyone does it. You wish to be half of the motion not half of the downside.
I’ve watched this neighborhood evolve over the a few years that we now have come right here. It’s simply the approach we do issues round right here.
Purposeful, neighborhood primarily based shared micro actions will make a distinction. If for no different purpose than a minimum of we really feel like we’re doing one thing! Defending our turtle infants… It’s the first time in a few years that the green turtles have chosen our seashore on mass.
And typically, hardly ever however now and again we stroll the seashore and discover no plastic in any respect.
Maybe we’re making a distinction.
Now, I simply have to do the identical factor in our native park on the foreshore in Sydney.