Target: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Goal: Clean up an oil spill that threatens the nesting ground of the Olive Ridley turtle.
Two tanker ships recently collided off the coast of southern India, spilling oil into the sea off Chennai city and threatening over 20 miles of coastline. This could not have come at a worse time — it is currently peak nesting season for Olive Ridley turtles that use beaches in southern India for their nests. This spill has also negatively impacted the fishing industry in the area for the last few weeks, and is only expected to continue. It will be months before the fish begin returning to the areas where the spill has threatened.
The government and companies responsible for the spill hid the true widespread nature of the effects immediately after. Unfortunately, its true effects are now being seen all over the coast. The Indian government is already in the process of cleaning up this oil spill, but much more work will need to be done if the habitats for the turtles, as well as the fish, are to be repaired.
The longer this oil remains in the water and sand, the more toxins will enter the food chain for these animals. Oil spills always have much further reaching effects than those seen within the cleanup sites. These turtles and fish have already been threatened enough; this oil needs to be removed from the ecosystem entirely, and work must be done to ensure the return of these animals to their habitats. Sign this petition to tell the Indian government to clean up this spill and prevent any more harm to the turtles.
Dear President Mukherjee,
In January, an oil spill occurred off the coast of Chennai city, threatening over 20 miles of coastline as well as countless marine animals in the area. You are already in the process of cleaning this spill up, but the widespread effects of the disaster must be considered and remedied before things get worse.
The timing of this spill happens to be at peak nesting season for the Olive Ridley turtles. These turtles swim to the beaches of southern India to make nests and lay their eggs. The 21 miles of coastline threatened by this spill is prime location for the nesting of these animals, and the presence of the oil hugely effects their ability to successfully nest and reproduce.
Use your power to make sure more than just visible oil is cleaned up. The effects of this spill could be much more widespread than any of us imagine, and the only way to help reduce those effects is completely cleaning the areas and ecosystem threatened by this spill.
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