Climate Change Crisis Emergency Environmental

We can no longer ignore the catastrophic events that are occurring across the globe as a result of climate change.  There is a need for immediate action in order to protect the wildlife populations that inhabit the city’s beloved forests, wetlands and waters.  Committing to 50 by 2030 will help protect those who cannot speak for themselves, particularly the various turtle species who are all listed as Species at Risk.

Many turtle species are extremely sensitive to changes that occur in their habitats.  This includes the warming temperatures of both air and water and weather patterns as a direct result of climate change.  Specifically, climate change may threaten to alter the male-female dynamics in turtle populations whose sex is determined by temperature.  Turtle nests rely on both temperature and precipitation for incubation, both factors impacted by climate change, but the impacts won’t end there.

At Turtles Kingston, we represent these small creatures that have a key role in the ecosystems around us.  Without snapping turtles, the quality of our freshwater systems would get worse and their biodiversity would decrease.  Taking serious actions against climate change means prioritizing the protection of all wildlife and their ecosystems.  Do not overlook the impacts of climate change as a serious threat to all species big and small. We need action now and must start with protecting the natural landscapes we need to survive. 


Abbey Lanzo

Advocacy Coordinator, Turtles Kingston 

June 14th, 2022