SeaTurtles.org joined with the non-profit Plastic Pollution Coalition in making major waves in Panama and Guatemala,
sharing information about the health issues, environmental issues, and
related socio-economic issues surrounding single-use and
disposable plastic. Plastic pollution in the marine environment entangles and drowns sea turtles, and when sea turtles mistake plastic garbage for their food and ingest it the toxic plastic can reduce their growth, cause stomach blockage, or even death.
The expert panel of speakers on "The Truth Behind Plastic" Central America tour were Chris Pincetich, Ph.D, of the Sea Turtle
Restoration Project, Greg Baxter, Ph.D, a cancer research specialist, and the trip leader, Plastic Pollution Coalition Executive Director, Daniella Russo. The partner organizations in Central America included ANCON (Panama)
and ABIMA (Guatemala).
At each stop, 100-200 public participants gathered to hear from the expert panel. Hundreds of informational postcards from SeaTurtles.org in Spanish were distributed to participants, local non-profits, and educators.
A collection of photographs from the "The Truth Behind Plastic" Central America tour are posted on Facebook. Click here to view the photo album. To learn more about our work fighting plastic pollution, click here.
Local news coverage included television interviews, live radio interviews in English and Spanish, and stories in several print publications linked below.
Agence France Presse