Climate change is a pressing issue for most countries, as it not only threatens the integrity of their populations, but also the ecosystems and resources necessary for life to develop. According to a report by the United Nations Organization, there is a 50% chance that the average temperature of the planet will increase by 1.5 degree Celsius in the next five years.
“This threshold of 1.5 degrees is not a random number, but it indicates that the effects of the climate will be harmful not only to people, but to the entire planet,” said Peteri Taalas, an expert at the World Meteorological Organization.
This increase in the temperature of the planet threatens a large number of species, including sea turtles. The sex of this population is determined during the incubation of the egg and not the fertilization process.
Thus, in recent years, experts have recorded that close to 99% of sea turtles are female due to increased temperatures in the sand on the beaches where they build their nests.
According to the US National Ocean Service, NOAA, eggs hatching at temperatures below 27.7 degrees Celsius will be males, while those above 31 degrees Celsius will be females.
This condition represents a problem in the future due to an imbalance between males and females, which could lead to a decrease in the population of these turtles. As a strategy to prevent this, Banana Boat implemented the Nest Domes strategy.
What is Nest Dome?
The well-known sunscreen brand from Agewell Personal Care has collaborated with the Sea Turtle Conservation Program in Colombia to create the Nest Domes solution, which is inspired by turtle shells and made from natural materials.
These domes are designed to reduce the temperature of the sand on the beach, guaranteeing the necessary conditions for a balanced ratio of males and females.
Nest Domes are crafted by a team of marine biologists, craftsmen and engineers using 100% biodegradable and sustainable materials. The Banana Boat has been saving people from the sun for decades, and now it’s protecting sea turtles.