Target: Steven Bradbury, Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pesticide Programs
Goal: Prohibit the use of harmful pesticide, Atrazine, to save frog species that are rapidly decreasing in population.
‘And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?’– Chief Seattle, 1854.
Frogs and other amphibian populations are drastically decreasing in population and pesticides are partially to blame. Harmful pesticides like Atrazine flow from croplands to rivers where these amphibians live and reproduce. Atrazine is one of the most common pesticides around the world and over 80 million pounds were used on crops last year in America alone.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in amphibians and fish. Not only is the lethal pesticide leaking into the habitats of frogs, but it’s also flowing through the tap water that humans depend upon for drinking.
Atrazine has been called the “21st Century’s DDT” and oddly enough, it turns male frogs into female frogs.
Although the European Union banned Atrazine in 2004, America is still using it on corn, sugar, rice, and lawn care. This issue has been on the EPA’s radar for years, but nothing has yet been done about it. Switzerland-based corporation, Syngenta, produces the pesticide and earns a whopping $11 billion off U.S. Atrazine sales.
Sign the below petition to urge the EPA to ban the usage of Atrazine and to also recall previously distributed supplies of the harmful pesticide.
Dear Mr. Bradbury,
I am urging you to support legislation that would place a federal ban on the production and sale of Atrazine in the United States. Not only is the frog population drastically dwindling away, but other species are being negatively affected by this harmful pesticide as well.
Frogs are an essential part of our nation’s ecosystems and many species depend upon their survival. Please also consider the impact of Atrazine on humans, especially in America’s largest farming regions, and the long-term consequences of contaminated drinking water.
The European Union recognized the risks of this pesticide already nine years ago and U.S. is falling behind in environmental protection efforts. It is time that we take a stand against harmful pollutants destroying our earth’s species and seek alternatives for better farming practices.
[Your Name Here]
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