World Wildlife Fund – Sea Turtle Conservation
As you all know, one of our missions here at PIYOGA is to help save our beloved sea turtles and their beautiful ecosystems. We proudly donate 10% of all net profits to different sea turtle conservation organizations and efforts around the world.
This month we are focusing on donating to and supporting the World Wildlife Fund also know as the WWF. They do an amazing job with spreading awareness on different species of sea turtles and what is happening to them this very moment under the sea. The WWF focuses on five species of sea turtles: green, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and olive ridley, all of which are endangered.
The WWF also provides education on sea turtles and the daily threats that they face on a day to day basis. They also offer sea turtle adoption kits for animal lovers that come with a cute gift basket and more information about sea turtles. The WWF gives out tips for living a more conscious life with the sea turtles in mind. Here are some shocking facts we learned from them:
“Over the last 200 years, human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin, and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture—known as bycatch—in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites; it alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. Nearly all species of sea turtle are now classified as endangered, with three of the seven existing species being critically endangered.” -WWF
The first step is education.
What do sea turtles eat, where do they live, and what factors are contributing to their vulnerability? Attached is the link to an infographic from WWF’s site showing the different species of sea turtles and the deadly threats they face at every life stage. The infographic also provides information on how we can help. I have also included a few portions of the infographic in the photos below.
How can we change our daily habits to help better protect these creatures and inspire others to do the same?
Every day we make small choices to lead a sustainable lifestyle with what we consume, who we support, how much waste we produce, etc. Small adjustments over time can make a huge impact and also inspire other people in your life to do the same. We can also donate our time and/or our money to volunteer and donate.
Photo Credit: naturepl.com Jordi Chias / WWF
By donating to the WWF we are helping:
- Indigenous partners investigate the fibro papilloma virus in marine turtles
- Promote sustainable fishing practices
- Ban key pesticides that pose unacceptable risks to marine turtles
- The WWF work to increase habitat protection in key marine turtle areas
PIYOGA is proud to support WWF in their conservation research and efforts for the sea turtles and are very grateful for what they do. Thank you for continuing to support PIYOGA, by doing so you are helping make the world a better place.