Success: Pesticide Use Regulated to Protect Endangered Insects

Target: Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director for the Center for Biological Diversity

Goal: Thank Evans and other environmental groups involved in the lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Deadly pesticides harmed and killed countless threatened insect species, despite the regulations of the Endangered Species Act. A settled lawsuit against the EPA has taken steps to protect these creatures. As this ForceChange article revealed, thousands of insects, including the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, were being killed from the toxins within pesticides. Now, the EPA’s recent settlement requires intensive research and consideration before using pesticides. The settlement forces the EPA to analyze the toxins within pesticides to prevent the use of chemicals in areas that will harm surrounding insects. As pesticides aim to ward off specific pests, it’s unfair for innocent insects, many of which are endangered, to suffer in these cases.

Sign the petition below to thank environmental agencies for holding the EPA responsible for carefully considering pesticide use for the welfare of innocent insects.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Legal Director Evans,

We appreciate your contribution to the settlement regarding the EPA. With your help, endangered insects will be able to flourish because of the lack of pesticides entering their habitat. The overuse of pesticides is harmful to the environment and surrounding species; therefore, this lawsuit brought forth much needed change.

Please continue to promote environmental changes for Earth’s benefit. Endangered species deserve to grow, no matter how large and small they are.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service


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