Science Teacher Speaks Up For Sea Turtles

Carol Craig is advocating for sea turtles locally by speaking up in person for offshore wind--a source of clean energy that is critical for fighting climate change.

leatherback hatchlingWhile teaching in Trinidad and Tobago, Carol Craig took her students on a three-day field trip to watch endangered leatherback sea turtles nesting on the island's north shore.

The students were led by guides onto the protected beaches. Sea turtle babies were hatching in the nests built along the beach as other huge sea turtles were coming up to lay their eggs.

The image has stayed vivid for Carol, who says that the experience was especially important for the Trinidadian students at the international school, who will be in the position of ensuring the future protection of the sea turtles and their nesting grounds.

Back at her stateside home on the coast of Rhode Island, Carol also has the opportunity to protect the future of sea turtles swimming near her home whose southern nesting grounds are impacted by climate change. Rhode Island is one of many states in the Northeast taking action to bring offshore wind to the waters on the outer continental shelf.

As Carol explains, "It is absolutely critical that we find renewable resources and replacements to fossil fuels." She expressed that "we need to be looking at not just wind and solar energy, but all renewable energy. It is time to get off of petrol. That day has come and gone."

Carol CraigShe and many of her friends and family who live along the coast strongly support offshore wind.

This week, Carol attended a public meeting in Narragansett, Rhode Island to express her support of offshore wind to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The public meeting was held to hear from local residents and share information about the next step in bringing offshore wind to an area off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The presence of supporters like Carol helped the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the media hear from local people their support of offshore wind that is placed and developed in a way that protects wildlife, and want their state to be part of the solution to climate change.

About environmental advocacy, Carol said, "It's good that we are doing this. Not big huge money but certainly good for your soul."