On Sunday 8th May, Çalış Kids Club once again met to clean up a section of the beach at Çalış beach.

Litter Picking Mums and Çalış Kids

Even though it was Mother’s Day in Turkey, the Çalış Kids and Mum’s met at Güven’s Restaurant & Bar in Çalış ready for their litter picking duties.

The Çalış Kids are learning about protecting the environment, the impact rubbish has on our surroundings and the devastating impact it has on Loggerhead Sea Turtles and other marine creatures.

On a mission

Their mission was to fill the symbolic Sea Turtle, outlined on the beach, with the bags of rubbish they collected.

The Symbolic Sea Turtle waiting to be fill - with rubbish
The Symbolic Sea Turtle waiting to be fill – with rubbish

The kids would then paint a batik picture of turtles to present to Kaptan June during their visit to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Dalyan on Saturday 28th May.

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First, Kate Topcu spoke with the group about how long it takes for various items that are frequently left on the beach to biodegrade.

How long does rubbish last?

Did you know that for Aluminium Foil the answer is FOR EVER?

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Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life
The life of rubbish…

Time to hand out the gloves and rubbish bags

Meeting on the beach in Çalış
Meeting on the beach in Çalış

And they’re off!!

Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life

All types of rubbish reach our beaches and the sea from many different sources. Some is thrown in rivers and makes it way to the sea where it washes up on the beaches.

This curious dog came along to check out a bottle of pesticide.

The curious incident of the dog and the bottle of pesticide...
The curious incident of the dog and the bottle of pesticide…

The things humans leave on the beach

Food garbage, plastic bottles & bags, cigarette butts, toothbrushes are just a few of the items regularly left on beaches…

This rubbish can find its way to the sea, where turtles can mistake things such as plastic bags for jellyfish.

Plastic swallowed by mistake can cause blockages of the stomach and intestines and the eventual death of marine animals highlighting an urgent need to dispose of rubbish responsibly.

Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life

 

The Mediterranean is playing host to so much litter, plastics in particular, that it is seriously endangering most marine species.

Here come the Çalış Kids and Mum’s………..

 Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life

 

The bags of rubbish are put into the ‘Turtle’ to symbolize the digesting of the rubbish in the sea. Everyone is very happy that this rubbish is no longer a risk!

 Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life

There was a special message to the kids about plastic straws as they get stuck in the nostrils of turtles…

SAY NO TO STRAWS

Finally it was time to get out of the hot sun, enjoy some refreshments and paint the Batik for Kaptan June

Sea Shore Savers: saving Fethiye's sea life

Oh, one last thing…

We have a parting message from the Çalış Kids Club:

Çalış Kids say “Please take your rubbish home with you” from fethiyetimes on Vimeo.

‘PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU’

2 COMMENTS

  1. Well done to all the Calis Kids for their important efforts in clearing the litter from the beach thus saving many marine and other animals from distress. We visit this part of Turkey every year and love and appreciate the beauty of its seas, mountains and surroundings and always excited to see the turtles in Fethiye harbour. So from two holidaymakers from the UK, we would like to say a very big thank-you for all those who helped – a wonderful effort!!!!

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