The Monarch butterfly, one of the world’s most beautiful species, has begun showing signs of decline due to the increased use of industrial weed-killers by big corporations like Dow Chemical and Monsanto. In order to help put a stop to the dangerous herbicides responsible for the sharp decline in Monarch populations, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), challenging the group to take a stand against these companies and create safeguards to prevent weed-killers from eliminating more creatures.
The NRDC hasn’t stopped there, though. The group is also in the courtroom fighting against the release of Dow’s most potent herbicide yet, Enlist Duo, which is a combination of two toxic chemicals. As more farmers plant millions of acres of genetically modified crops that have become more resistant to herbicides, companies like Monsanto continually spray millions of pounds of weed-killers like Roundup into the landscape. Milkweed, the only plant Monarch larva can eat for sustenance, is yet another victim of these weed-killers.
About 20 years ago, Monarch butterfly populations migrating to the mountain forests west of Mexico City had reached a grand total of one billion. Now, the average amount of monarchs to make this trip to Mexico is around 350 million. But as of 2015, only 56 million monarchs were able to survive the migration to Mexico – an 85 percent drop from the long-term average. Thankfully, experts believe the species is resilient and still has time to rebound to its original numbers, but the NRDC needs our help to fight for the survival of these beautiful creations.
To become involved in the effort to save the Monarch butterflies, join the NRDC by contributing a donation of $10. If course you can make your foundation much more if you so desire. NRDC promises that any donation will greatly impact how the organization can better the lives of God’s creations by standing up against big corporations who prefer profits over preservation. Visit the NRDC’s website at www.NRDC.org to offer your donation and learn more about the group’s latest efforts to help protect our planet.
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