Turtles are one of the oldest species found on Earth; however, more than half of the turtle species have become extinct. World Turtle Day is celebrated each year to foster support for turtles’ survival worldwide.
May 23 is regarded as World Turtle Day and celebrated internationally to promote collaborative actions for the education and conservation of rapidly depleting turtle species.
The theme for World Turtle Day this year is “Shellebrate.” The theme requests that “everyone Love and Save Turtles” to get the global focus of the people on saving Turtle species.
Since 1990, the Day is celebrated each year to bring Awareness regarding disappearing turtles species from the planet.
Significance of turtles
Turtles and tortoises play a significant role in maintaining ecological diversity. Turtles belong to the group of reptiles which thrive in a diverse range of environmental diversity. Over the last 100 million years, they have inhabited Earth in the marine environment.
Sea turtles play a critical role in maintaining the nutrient level in beach glasses. They lay their eggs in the sand, which help replenish nutrients in the dune vegetation once hatched. This stabilizes the dune and prevents coastal erosion.
Earlier, the UN Director-General, Antonio Guterres, that humans’ alternations in the natural environment have threatened 66 percent of the marine environment. He delivered these remarks on “The International Day of Biological Diversity.” He urged humans to stop their senseless and destructive war against nature.
We must end our senseless & destructive war against nature.
Protecting biodiversity is essential to end the existential threat of climate change, halt land degradation & build food security.
Together, let's achieve peace with our planet. #BiodiversityDay
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 22, 2022
World Turtle Day was founded In 1990 by an American couple under the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR). Since then, the Day has been celebrated each year to spread Awareness regarding turtle and tortoise conservation.
The purpose of celebrating this Day is to enhance Awareness regarding the protection and conservation of the turtles and tortoises. Today, ATR is the most notable species awareness day for the turtles worldwide. Till now, ATR has rescued and re-sheltered more than 4,000 turtles and tortoises.
In India, nearly 300 endangered turtles were released in the Chambal river in Etawah on the eve of World Turtle Day. According to the sources, 300 hatchlings of red-crowned roofed turtles and three stripes roof turtles were released as a part of the celebration of this event.
The Wildlife Centre of Virginia will lifestream a virtual discussion on turtles’ origin, history, and ecological importance this year.