Save The Turtle
The Project "Save the Turtle" is all about protection and preventing the extinction of the species of turtles which are considered as endangered species.
Our Chennai city is blessed with number of beautiful beaches which are well known around the world, and are attraction spots for many tourists around different places. Every day we can see the beach, crowded by number of people, which includes children, men, women, youth, and old aged people. As it is always visited by many people, so you can imagine how the condition of the beach would be scattered and filled with food wrappers, trashes and wastes all around the beach. As a result of this, the sea is contaminated with wastes and trashes and it became danger for the sea animal species to live in the sea.
Save the Turtle is to protect the turtles who lays eggs on the seashore from being endangered.
Olive Ridley Turtles nests between Decembers to April. After laying eggs on the seashore the hungry mother turtle eats trash, suffocates & die. Sea turtle hatchlings use light and reflections from the moon to find their way to the water at night. Artificial lighting confuses the hatchlings and causes them to head inland instead of out to sea – putting them in dangerous situations which can lead to death. Artificial lights also discourage adult females from nesting on the beach. Sea turtles can become tangled in plastic and trash both on the shore and in the water.
Discarded items such as fishing lines, balloons and plastic bags may also be confused for food and eaten by sea turtles, often resulting in injury or death. It’s our responsibility to keep the shores clean. Sea turtles are cute, and therefore tempting to touch and observe – but flashlights and people disturb turtles when they are nesting, or trying to nest, on the beach. Moreover the chemicals we use on our lawn and in our home can actually wash into the coastal waters – killing plants and animals.
As a responsibility to our environment and as a deed for protection of sea animals, we have started with our initiative through Project Cleanathon. This project is not only focused with the concept of Clean India and for the better management of Solid Waste but also with the campaign of Save the Turtle. We have taken this as a medium towards creating awareness among the public as to protection of marine animals.
We also take the initiative to ensure that the eggs are properly incubated and safeguard in a secure incubation Centre to ensure the baby turtles are released without any danger. We have partnered with the wildlife department on this initiative.
INITIATIVE TAKEN BY AGNI FOUNDATION
Agni Foundation is one among the organizations who took the initiative to save the turtles from being endangered.
Save the Turtle Campaign was organized on February 07, 2016 at Marina Beach. Around 750 sculptures, 200 volunteers and hundreds of people had assembled along with us to the location where spreading the awareness was carried out through sand sculpting contest. ‘Save a Turtle’ campaign, along with the Chennai Wildlife, aims at creating awareness on the need to save these turtles, and the contest was held as a part of the campaign. People were explained about the importance of marine turtles, their protection and our responsibility towards saving the environment. Major activities which were undertaken during the course of campaign also was involving the public in creation of turtle sand art. School going children with friends and parents participated in a large number in this campaign.
Regularly organizing campaigns to create awareness on the importance and protection of marine animals.
Reducing the garbage and debris on the sea beaches which act as the grounds of nesting for the turtles.
Awareness among the people about the various ways of disposing of waste. As toxic waste materials, when washed into the coastal waters, might lead to killing of plants and animals.
Organizing events such as Beach Clean-up Day for cleaning the litters on the beach.