To: Kids Everywhere
I'm a special kind of sea turtle, living in the Pacific Ocean.
It's a world of shiny alien monsters that swirl around in the seas where I swim. These unwelcome invaders have caused real harm to sea life and were the reason I wrote a message, simply asking: “Love our world,” and sending it back in one of them.
Most turtles spend their lives swimming… it’s great when you can find clear blue water, but often we become sick if we meet the plastic peril. I came out of the sea to write a letter asking for your help after losing friends and family who were dear to me.
That letter was published in November 2015 in the book Tuamor the Turtle. The story about my letter was written by Jo Earlam when she was a volunteer at a Devon primary school, listening to children read.
Thousands of children have read it since at home and in schools, learning about the plastic pollution problem in our seas and oceans. They’ve even written to the British Prime Minister and the Queen of England to tell them!
Jo has done more than 100 presentations in schools about my story and the books have raised money for one of the leading organisations dedicated to helping turtles and other sea creatures, the Marine Conservation Society.
At the November 2020 AGM, Jo won the MCS Outstanding Achievement Award, for her pioneering work in using story-telling to help raise awareness about environmental issues.
At one of the first schools Jo visited, one little boy told her she should be on the television telling everyone about the problem. Now she's won an award and through important programmes like Blue Planet there's a lot more recognition and awareness of plastic pollution, which is great!
But there's still more to be done. That’s where Team Tuamor can help, a network of caring kids who like me, believe in a better future for all life on earth.
There are resources on this website, YouTube and my Facebook page, which your grown-up-tall-people can look at - these are all in the Team Tuamor section a bit further down on this page.
My message and the wider story, read by Jo, is on video. Jo's friend Mark Hannon, who’s great at drawing and illustrating, shows you how to draw a turtle and how he created all the wonderful pictures to go with Jo’s words.
You can download Mark's original sketches from the book and colour in, or do your own artwork. Do email it to me, or any queries about school visits by Jo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can follow my story as Jo reads it aloud if you buy a Kindle or ereader copy of the book from Amazon for £1.99. You can still purchase a paper copy from the website Buy a Book page. Fifty pence from each paper copy goes to support the work of the Marine Conservation Society. They have many online resources on their website.
There’s a short video linked to my book on YouTube about how plastic travels around the oceans, how it affects sea creatures and why turtles are so fantastic!
When I wrote my letter, I was in despair about the amount of plastic in the water. So much has changed in recent years with grown-up-tall-people understanding more about the problem and doing their best to make our seas cleaner… now I feel real hope.
I’m sure your world will get better from its present troubles too.
Be good for your grown-up-tall-people and welcome to the team!
Love Tuamor X