If we don’t act now, monarch butterflies will go extinct. In the last 20 years they have declined by 90%.
Monarchs are important pollinators. They’re essential for producing the food on our plates. But thanks to the massive increase in the use of toxic pesticides like glyphosate — a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup®, we could lose them forever.
The good news is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could enhance protections for this essential species. The agency is accepting public comments on whether it should act. So we need engaged environmentalists like you to speak up and demand protections for monarch butterflies.
Take action now: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies.
In the 1980s approximately 4.5 million butterflies spent the winter along the California coast. This year there were only around 30,000. Unless we act fast, we could lose this iconic species forever.
The driving forces in their decline are habitat loss and the increased use of Roundup®. It’s a simple formula: More Roundup® = less milkweed = fewer monarchs.
The only way to counter this loss is with aggressive conservation methods like those proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency could provide additional protections for monarchs beyond those offered under the Endangered Species Act. It could hold the fossil fuel and transportation industries accountable for destroying monarch habitat. And it could ban the use of pesticides like Roundup® that imperil monarchs.
Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarchs, not pesticide industry profits.
It’s clear that we’ve turned a blind eye to the importance of monarchs in our ecosystem for far too long. Now, we need to make every effort to protect and conserve the butterflies so that they can flourish again.
And it’s not just about the monarchs. These iconic butterflies are a canary in the coal mine for our entire food system. Their decline shows that the toxic way we produce our food isn’t working.
The Fish and Wildlife Service could take concrete, meaningful steps right now to help monarchs recover. But we need you with us to win this fight.
Help send 35,000 comments: Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies before it is too late!
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