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.

 

Pollinator updates

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Bees are dying. Would a consumer ban on this kind of pesticide help?

If you find yourself sipping a cold brew with a piece of watermelon in your hand this summer, you can thank the bees for making that snack possible. Bees pollinate almost three-quarters of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food supply, say advocates working on a campaign to protect bees from insecticides.

Last week, the grassroots group Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 13,452 signatures to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, calling for a consumer ban on the sale and use of neonicotinoids (neonics) pesticides. Advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh, not far from regional headquarters for Syngenta and other businesses like Bayer and Dow Chemical that manufacture neonics and say their products are safe when applied according to label directions.

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Environmental group abuzz about saving bees

Environment North Carolina will be canvassing southeastern NC to inform communities about the importance of protecting the bee population.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Grassroots organizers, elected officials, and supporters delivered a petition to the Governor's office with over 13,000 signatures in support of protecting pollinators today

Grassroots organizers dropped over 13,000 petition signatures at the office of the Governor in support of a ban on the consumer use and sale of neonicotinoid pesticides, an extremely toxic insecticide that harms bees. Representatives Pricey Harrison and John Ager spoke in support of pollinator protection measures, alongside Dr. Lior Vered from Toxic Free NC, other grassroots organizers, and a beekeeper. 

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Now, even national wildlife refuges aren't safe for bees

National wildlife refuges should be safe havens for wildlife—including wild bees.

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