Target: Administrator McCarthy of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: Reverse rule that threatens honeybees and other pollinators with toxic pesticide
Bees and other pollinators are very important to a large number of plants that are used in our agricultural systems. However, these insects have by dying in large quantities in recent years. Since the mid-2000s, neonicotinoids, a class of potent insecticides, have been widely used in agriculture across the globe. Several studies have linked this increased use of neonicotinoids with honeybee colony collapse disorder, which is largely responsible for the recent decline in honeybee populations.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently approved the use of sulfoxaflor, which is very similar to neonicotinoids. In fact, it was approved despite the concern from their scientists that sulfoxaflor is highly toxic to honeybees.
Due to the incredibly important role that honeybees and other pollinators play in the life cycles of many of the plants in our agricultural system, stopping sulfoxaflor and saving pollinator populations is necessary. We have to make our voices heard to ensure the safety of these vital species.
By signing the petition below, you will urge EPA Administrator McCarthy to oppose the use of the insecticide sulfoxaflor and to fight to ensure that the EPA revokes its approval.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
The EPA has currently approved the use of sulfoxaflor, a highly potent insecticide that is similar in many ways to neonicotinoids. Several studies have linked neonicotinoids use with an increased occurrence of honeybee colony collapse disorder, which is largely responsible for the recent decline in honeybee populations. The EPA has approved sulfoxaflor despite the warnings from their scientists that sulfoxaflor is incredibly toxic for honeybees.
Honeybees and other pollinators will remain in danger as long as these insecticides are being used. It is very important to protect pollinators because they play a vital role in the life cycles of many plants that we harvest agriculturally. If these populations are permanently harmed, it will spell disaster for our agricultural industry. Therefore, we must fight to save the lives of these important pollinators.
I urge you to oppose the use of sulfoxaflor and to fight for a repeal of its EPA approval. Please use all of your political influence to ensure that our environment and our bees don’t fall victim to dangerous insecticides.
[Your Name Here]
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