This is shocking: Since 1990, nearly 1 billion monarch butterflies have died, according to the latest research from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.1
One. Billion. Dead. Butterflies.
One of the main causes? Massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides killing milkweed, the monarch butterfly’s main food source.2
We’ve joined up with scientists and others to call on the Obama administration to protect the monarch butterfly as a threatened species. But it’s going to require a huge grassroots outcry to get it done. Will you chip in to help save the monarch butterfly?
Monarch butterflies are beautiful, majestic creatures. But they also play a key role in food production and agriculture. Like bees, butterflies act as pollinators. Without pollinators, plants can’t grow, including the farm crops we rely on for food.
And just like bees, butterflies are dying by the millions, wiped out by pesticides. No bees and butterflies, no food.
If we can get the monarch butterfly listed as a protected species under the Endangered Species Act, that will force Big Ag to either plant more milkweed or dial back the pesticides so the butterflies have a chance.
And the best part? This is something President Obama can do without waiting for Congress. But it won’t happen without a public outcry—and with more than 1 million online supporters, 29 state affiliates, and allies organizing students on more than 100 college campuses, we have the grassroots muscle to mobilize that support.
But we count on you, our members, to provide the resources to make it all possible. Will you chip in today?
Thanks for making it all possible.
1. The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished, The Washington Post, February 9, 2015
2. The Missing Monarchs, Slate, January 29, 2014
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