World Turtle Day is a holiday that celebrates turtles and tortoises and raises awareness of the issues they face. Disappearing habitats and littering have greatly affected the number of turtles in the world. It is important to take some steps towards protecting the land and the oceans where turtles live and trying to reduce littering. The holiday was started by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in 2000. It has been celebrated all around the world ever since. You can celebrate this holiday by donating to ATR to help them rescue more turtles and tortoises or learning about other things you can do to help turtles around the world.