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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Simon's story

Alice Springs, NT

  • Drought
  • Heatwave
  • Nature

There were species of trees along the Katherine River that all died in unison, and huge areas of native forest perished. It was all because of the heat.

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Bushfires. Floods. Heatwaves. Disease.

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

Rodney’s story

Rodney’s story

Palawa Country, TAS

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Talei’s story

Talei’s story

Seisia, QLD

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Wadhuam Paul’s story

Wadhuam Paul’s story

Saibai, Torres Strait

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Uncle Bunja’s story

Uncle Bunja’s story

Yuin nation, NSW

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Paul’s story

Paul’s story

Marysville, VIC

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Ewan’s story

Ewan’s story

Bateman's Bay, NSW

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Sarah’s story

Sarah’s story

Woonona, NSW

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Rory’s story

Rory’s story

Bathurst, NSW

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Cybele’s story

Cybele’s story

Sydney, NSW

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Jann’s story

Jann’s story

Mallacoota, VIC

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Shane’s story

Shane’s story

Canberra, ACT

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Rose’s story

Rose’s story

Braidwood, NSW

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Fiona’s story

Fiona’s story

Fremantle, WA

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Pete’s story

Pete’s story

Goondiwindi, QLD

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Tyler’s story

Tyler’s story

South Coast, NSW

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Simon’s story

Simon’s story

Alice Springs, NT

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