The last monarch migration?

Since 1990, monarch populations have crashed, with nearly 1 billion of the butterflies dying.

The decline isn't due to natural causes. The Washington Post called it "nothing short of a massacre."

How so? Pollution-driven climate change is part of the problem. But we're also allowing the destruction of the monarchs' habitat and food source through the rapid acceleration in use of Monsanto's toxic Roundup and Roundup Ready crops. 

It just doesn't make sense  

We're endangering the existence of one of our most beautiful creatures in order to serve the interests of one of the world's most powerful corporations, and for what?

So it can sell massive amounts of toxic herbicides? No part of that makes sense. 

As the monarchs begin their 3,000-mile fall migration, we need to make sure this migration isn't their last. That's why we're calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the monarch butterfly a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

Together, we can save the monarch

If we succeed, we'll give the monarchs more than a fighting chance. When it comes to preventing extinction, the Endangered Species Act has a 99% success rate. But we have to act now.

Together, we will raise awareness of the monarchs' plight and take action that can save them.

 

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Testimony on pollinators and pesticides | Luke Metzger

Today I testified before the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee about pollinator protection. Here's my testimony: Hello, my name is Luke Metzger and I am the Director of Environment Texas, a non-profit advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces. I’m here to talk about the important role that pollinators play in our ecosystems, our food supply and our economy and to talk about the risks facing them. 

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New tests find no bee-killing pesticides in “bee-friendly” plants at Texas stores

AUSTIN - A report released today showed a significant decrease in the number of bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at major retailers that have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. The study of plants purchased at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW), Ace Hardware, True Value and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) was conducted by Friends of the Earth, Pesticide Research Institute and allies, including Environment Texas. No bee-killing pesticides were detected in plant samples collected from Austin stores.  

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Alarming rate of bee deaths threatens summer picnics

AUSTIN - Strawberries, watermelon, and juicy tomatoes are among the summer picnic staples at risk if bee colonies continue to collapse at unprecedented rates, local farmer Glenn Foore and Environment Texas said today.

Bees pollinate many of the world’s most important crops, including seasonal favorites such as peaches, blueberries, and cherries. But the U.S. is losing about a third of its bee colonies each year, alarming beekeepers, farmers and chefs along with environmental advocates.

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