Climate stories

The heat had made virtually every turtle hatchling a FEMALE. So these mainly female turtles will roam the many dangers of the ocean looking for an elusive male turtle.

Glenn’s story

Bundaberg, QLD

  • Heatwave

A few years ago, just before Christmas, I visited Mon Repos turtle sanctuary near Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia. With 400 people, I watched a lone turtle lay her eggs.

I learned turtles come back to same beach some 30 years after they hatched to lay eggs. I learned it is natural, normal that only 80 per cent of turtle eggs laid actually hatch.

Then on TV news in February, when it was so hot on the beach, two things happened. One – that 80 per cent of the hatchlings that tried to race across hot sands to ocean DIED on the beach, Remember that only 80 per cent of eggs hatched in first place. SECOND – the heat had made virtually every turtle hatchling a FEMALE.

So over next 30 years these mainly female turtles will roam the many dangers of the ocean looking for an elusive male turtle. Then in 30 years, virtually zero turtles will be left to come back to lay eggs on that beach.

Climate change is harming us all

Hundreds of people from across the country are sharing their stories to send a clear message to the Australian government - it's time for real action on climate change.

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Sarah's story

Woonona, NSW

  • Drought
  • Heatwave
  • Storms

I’ve lost about a third of my income this season due to the weather. I thought I had pretty good soil but we’ve had so much rain for so long that it just saturated.

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Bushfires. Floods. Heatwaves. Disease.

People all across Australia are being harmed by climate change. These are some of their stories.

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