Target: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
Goal: Thank environmental groups for protecting 300,000 square miles of ocean for the endangered loggerhead turtle
When environmental groups heard that the loggerhead turtles’ habitat was diminishing before their eyes, they had to figure out a way to stop it. The turtles have been endangered for decades and environmental groups were desperate to help them restore their population. Thankfully, over 300,000 square miles of ocean was officially protected for the loggerhead turtle population in July 2014.
The Global Possibilities website stated that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided on this change together after numerous environmental groups filed a lawsuit to get the turtle’s habitat back. The regions that are being protected include various beaches and parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Each year these spaces hold up to 90,000 nesting areas for the loggerhead turtles.
The loggerhead turtles are among the most endangered sea animals in the world. Sadly, their population was confirmed to be threatened back in 1978. If these turtles were given a chance to live in a clean and well-kept habitat, they could live up to 40 years and grow to weigh more than 200 pounds.
Over the years, they continue to be affected by vicious fishermen and ocean pollution. This new area of ocean will make a world of difference for the loggerhead turtle population. Please sign this petition to thank the NOAA and other environmental groups for protecting 300,000 square miles of ocean for the loggerhead turtles.
Dear Dr. Kathryn Sullivan,
I wanted to thank you, the leaders of NOAA, USFWS, and the other environmental groups that worked together to save the lives of the loggerhead turtles. These turtles are under constant attack from environmental pollution, horrific fishing practices, and the loss of their habitat. Thousands of turtles are caught in fishermen’s nets and fishing lines every year. Unfortunately all of these things have caused them to be on the verge of extinction.
With your help, the turtles were able to claim back 300,000 square miles of coast for their reintegration into the sea animal world. Since these turtles play a key role in maintaining the health of our oceans, it is important to quickly rebuild their population. Hopefully, this will spark more conservation efforts all over the world.
[Your Name Here]
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