Every year, 8 to 13 million tons of plastic reach the oceans around the world, the equivalent of two garbage trucks filled with plastic per minute. By 2050, it is estimated that plastic exceeds the number of fish in the oceans. In this ecosystem, sea turtles are one of the most affected species. When they are not caught and hunted for “easy fishing”, they get entangled in the forgotten fishing nets or do not find holes in beaches crowded with rubbish where they can nest. However, they eliminate 5 million kilos of garbage from a beach in India and the turtles return to the nest after 20 years.
A recent study says that there has been a significant increase in the nests of sea turtles scattered around the world, indicating that the number of these creatures is growing and away from the figures of extinction.
In October 2015 Shah, and his neighbour Harbansh Mathur, an 84-year-old man who has since died, were frustrated by the piles of decomposing debris that had completely flooded Versova beach. Determined to do something about it, the two began to clean the beach, little by little, non-stop.
Soon they realized that their work needed reinforcements and Shah began to speak and to make his neighbours aware of the real problem they had: nobody could set foot on the beach and swim without bearing the strong smell of garbage.
In total, he managed to remove more than 5 million kilograms of plastic in 85 weeks. The beach was transformed into a pristine coast where turtles could nest safely, thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Shah himself was in charge of personally protecting the first turtle hatchlings on their way to the sea after decades.
However, 6 of the 7 species of sea turtle that are still known are in danger of extinction; which indicates that there is still work to be done. The work of Shah, which the UN ended up recognizing with the highest environmental award, is a good example of granite that can achieve great granite.
The activist has not stopped removing garbage since then.
Source: Europa Press