Caribbean Matters: It’s World Turtle Day. Caribbean people are fighting to protect them

Caribbean Matters: It’s World Turtle Day. Caribbean people are fighting to protect them

The mainstream U.S. media’s minimal coverage of the Caribbean mostly focuses on hurricanes, political turmoil, or tourism. But the Caribbean is also home to many of the world’s endangered animal populations. That includes sea turtles, who we humans have a responsibility to protect. 

May 23 is World Turtle Day, which was created in 1990 by American Tortoise Rescue. The group’s website says the day is “a yearly observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.”

In 2022 we reported on a victory for activists in Puerto Rico, who were fighting to preserve beach access and a sea turtle habitat.

Today we’ll be looking at endeavors to protect these reptiles across the Caribbean, from a sea turtle sanctuary in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to rescue efforts on the Caribbean shores of Mexico.

Caribbean Matters is a weekly series from Daily Kos. If you are unfamiliar with the region, check out Caribbean Matters: Getting to know the countries of the Caribbean.

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