In this week’s OCC environmental news episode, I look at the student climate action protests and walkouts ignited by Greta Thunberg. I look at how Greta Thunberg has created a movement of students that has now built momentum and is pressuring world leaders to act on climate. I also look at a new study that shows the effect of the Endangered Species List on marine animals, specifically sea turtles. The study found that sea turtle population grew quickly when their habitats were conserved and protected.
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Sea turtle populations are on the rise according to a newly released study that examines the
impact of the Endangered Species Act on 62 protected marine mammal and sea turtle species.
They found that 6 of the 8 sea turtle populations had significant change when placed on the
endangered species list.
For example, the number of Green Sea turtle nests on the Florida coast increased roughly
76% per year from 62 nests in 1979 to 37,341 nests in 2015.
Their conclusion is simple but powerful: protecting an animal’s habitat and way of being allows
them to thrive.
In other news, on Friday, February 15th students across the world staged school walkout in
the name of climate action.
With huge crowds gathered in London and throughout the UK.
This is yet another strike by a growing youth movement ignited by Greta Thunberg.
They’re determined to shake political leaders into much-needed action to mitigate climate
The strikes have gained momentum, and many heads of states and pundits alike have criticized
the movement as “childish,” shaming kids to not cut class, or even going so far as
to say that it is a conspiracy.
But despite this blowback, the strikes continue on, and a larger global walkout is planned
for March 15 that will once again pressure governments to act on climate change.
This post was previously published on YouTube.
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