Target: David Ige, Hawaii Governor
Goal: Protect the seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees that are now listed as endangered.
For the first time ever, bees are listed as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listed seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees as endangered, as bee populations have been falling across the U.S. Bees are essential to the ecosystem in Hawaii and beyond and must be saved. Urge officials in Hawaii to take swift action to protect bees and get them off the endangered species list.
These particular bees are native to Hawaii and play a vital role in the ecosystem by pollinating only plant species that are native to the Hawaiian islands. Pollinating is a must for many plant species and food crops to grow and survive.
The bees have been under attack from a wide variety of factors, from habitat destruction, nonnative plants and animals to hurricanes and drought. While some of these factors are out of human control, many of them are not.
It’s critical that humans do whatever possible to protect and nurture these species. Urge officials in Hawaii to take immediate action to protect these bees and get them off the endangered list before it’s too late.
Dear Governor Ige,
As you know, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently listed seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees as endangered. While it’s great that these bees will now be protected under the law, more must be done to ensure that the bees are not just protected but are able to thrive with no worry of being endangered anymore.
Taking care of bee populations across the country is important, but especially so with these native Hawaiian bees who work to pollinate only plants that are native to the Hawaiian islands. Entire ecosystems depend on bees to survive. I urge you to take swift action to implement comprehensive protections for bees to restore their populations.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab