Groups that came forward during the turtle walk also helped in beach clean-up and in creating awareness. Praveen Iyer
The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network has so far found 126 nests and collected 15,000 eggs. Since each nest normally has a high success rate of hatchlings, SSTCN are a happy lot! Around this time every year the hatchlings hit the sea and SSTCN are delighted to have already released their first set of 600 hatchlings into the sea.
Its coordinator, Arun says they expect to release over 10000 hatchlings this year. They also collected about 100 wild hatchlings this time (a wild hatchling comes from missed out nests from earlier walks or from erased tracks or trails). With their achievement of saving 24 nests in just three days, SSTCN are working with greater energy and enthusiasm towards conserving more!
EZONE organised “Save a Turtle” campaigns and awareness programmes for Aricent, a global innovation, technology and services company that focuses exclusively on communications.
Presentations, documentaries that promote Turtle Walks and beach cleanup left people at Aricent so overwhelmed that they came forward to form groups to create awareness among people who hit the beaches often with their family. They further said they would promote beach cleanup in order to keep plastic away from the shore. Some said they would love to participate in Turtle Walks with their families and would spread the word to friends and relatives, which would help promote this initiative. The change is gradual but as the initiative gets bigger, it certainly will make an impact! Be the one to make a change and here's an opportunity to make the difference.
Praveen Iyer is a Final Year Information Technology at Rajalakshmi Engineering College.