June is “WORLD OCEANS MONTH” and this theme is about emphasizing the importance of protecting our oceans and creating awareness around all of the ways that everyone can help to improve our marine ecosystem. As a corporate event planning agency based near the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one of the CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) elements of KONCEPT EVENTS‘ business platform is marine conservation. All month long we are sharing the message of how to createHEALTHY OCEANS and use the influence of your business to encourage sustainability.
One of the topics that is important to the KE team is the protection and preservation of sea turtle life. JUNE 16TH, 2015 IS “WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY” and we want to encourage everyone to better understand the value of these creatures. Sea turtles play an integral role in the balance of our marine ecosystem. For example:
“Did you know that Leatherback Sea Turtles are one of the main predators of jellyfish?”
If the Leatherback Sea Turtle population is reduced – our oceans stand to become overwhelmed with the jellyfish population…which could inhibit much of the tourism that Florida depends on if ocean fun is dampened because visitors can’t enjoy our waters for fear of painful jellyfish stings. At the end of the day – we don’t always see how we affect our planet…but we all play a part and it is important that we all contribute to maintaining the delicate balance of our environment.
Sustainability first begins with education and understanding. So here are some important things to know that will help you get started on protecting our sea turtles:
When is sea turtle nesting season in South Florida?
Season generally runs from April – September.
How can you help baby sea turtles have a greater chance of surviving their incubation period?
Sea turtle nests will be marked by poles and tape along the dunes of the beach. Do not disturb these barricades as they are meant to draw attention to the surrounding area and alert people that sea turtle eggs are buried in the sand below. After about 60 days, the hatchlings will emerge and biologically know to make their way to the ocean at night.
How can you help baby sea turtles increase their survival rate?
There are many dangers for hatchlings making their way to the ocean. They must complete their journey at night or they risk dehydrating in the sun. Natural predators such as birds or crabs pose a threat too. Once hatchlings are in the water they have even more predators to avoid. This is why it is so important for humans to do as much as possible on their part to contribute to a safer environment.
- Keep man-made light dim during sea turtle nesting season so that baby sea turtles do not get confused and go away from the ocean when they hatch. Biologically they are programmed to go towards the moonlight and man-made light can confuse them.
- Clean up all of your garbage so that baby sea turtles do not get stuck in polluted beach debris.
Having an awareness of the need for sea turtle protection and knowing what they are up against is a great start. But if you want to prevent some of the obstacles that baby hatchlings face for survival, you can take direct action and have a major impact. Here’s how to plan your next CSR minded event:
Book the perfect site: You can start by turning to KE to book your next hotel stay in South Florida. Tell our sales executives that your group wants to stay at a sustainable property. We partner with many brands that share our passion for protection and will provide you with a list of hotel properties that share your values to do business while making a difference. We’ll guarantee you a series of site visits that will leave a powerful impression.
Teambuild with a purpose: Turn to our division of destination management experts to put together a beach clean up TEAMBUILDER for your corporate group. Attendees will have some fun, bond, and walk away knowing that they did something to change and improve the environment. This is also a great opportunity to share with your target audience messaging that you are more than just a big business that is making a profit. Show that you are a brand that cares.
PARTNER WITH A PURPOSE
KE’s PREFERRED hotel partner, W FORT LAUDERDALE (WFTL), is a perfect example of a conscientious property (they dim their lights at night and provide guests with information about the sea turtle nest fencing on the beach) that used a teambuilder with their own staff to support sea turtle conservation.
As a participating property of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s program “Do One Nice Thing,” the WFTL team recently took to the beaches for education, teambuilding, and fun! They started with experts from “Kids Ecology Corps” joining them in the sand to teach them about sea turtle preservation. Then armed with empty garbage bags they worked together to pick up all the stray garbage they found on the beaches of Broward. Over 25 hotel employees participated and over 300 lbs. of garbage was removed from the beaches. Afterwards, the team gathered for some cocktails and toasted all that they accomplished together.
Teambuilder Beach Clean Up.
300 lbs. of Garbage Collected.
Toasting a Successful Beach Clean Up.
Feeling inspired yet? Now it’s your turn. Send KE your RFP and tell us what sustainability measures you want to take when you plan your next event…and we’ll take care of all the FRESH details. Your attendees will thank you for an experience they are proud of and will never forget.