Myrtle the Turtle is a children’s book about a young, adventurous sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean who mistakes a plastic bag for a jellyfish, and realizes she needs your help to keep her ocean home safe and beautiful.
We’ve known for decades that plastic pollution is harming our wildlife. Scientists have found plastic fragments in literally hundreds of species, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species. When animals ingest plastic waste, it can block their digestive tracts and as a result, they starve.
Nothing we use for ten minutes should harm wildlife and pollute the environment for hundreds of years.
This book is meant to educate kids—and their grown-ups—about a very real and striking problem happening in our oceans and challenge them to do their part to protect Myrtle and other ocean creatures. Because as we all know, when kids set their mind to something, nothing can stop them.
Myrtle the Turtle was written by Celeste Meiffren-Swango, the State Director with Environment Oregon & Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center.