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Here at the Juara Turtle Project, we run a number of volunteer based conservation projects to manage the impact of pollution and threats to the environment. Tioman Island has some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs that facilitate a flourishing ecosystem. However, that system is constantly under threat due to unsustainable practices on a local and global scale. We work extensively with the community to inform, educate and develop sustainable practices that will hopefully leave the island as pristine for future generations.

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One of the biggest impact affecting currently biodiversity worldwide is plastic pollution. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. The UNESCO says plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. Considering sea turtles spend almost their whole life in the sea, these dinosaurs-age animal are critically affected by plastics. Researchers estimate at least 1,000 turtles are dying this way every year. Reducing our plastic consumption, we will improve the health of our oceans.

Perhaps it’s only a drop in the ocean compared to what’s happening out there, but we believe change starts with people.

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