During one of our regular beach clean up sessions, a group of younger students found some food packaging inscribed with a use-by date of 2006 – a year most of them had been born in.
The message was clear - plastics do not biodegrade!
Studies have shown that by 2050 around 66% of humanity will be living in urban areas. As development rapidly expands and demand for land increases, wetlands and other important ecosystems are susceptible to further degradation.
When left alone, wetlands can actually improve the quality of city living; here are 6 things that wetlands do for us:
Whilst there are some areas which have shown a decline in turtle population numbers, the global trend is looking up, with seven major species including the Hawksbills boasting larger population sizes than when the IUCN began keeping records in 1996.
So what's the reason for this notable uptick in numbers?