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Bumble bees remind us of warm summer days, bright blossoming flowers, and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. Unfortunately, they are quickly becoming a symbol of humankind’s indifference towards the environment and creatures that inhabit it.

Bees play a vital role in pollinating crops and wild flowers. They are responsible for pollinating 70 of the top 100 crops we eat at least 10 of these crops rely almost entirely on bees as pollinators. But bees are disappearing.

Despite their vital importance to their ecosystems and to humans, bee populations around the globe have been collapsing and the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, one of the two bee species responsible for 80 percent of all crop pollination, is a pronounced case of this sad situation. The Rusty Patch Bee has declined by 87 percent in the past 15 years, and scientists believe they are dying due to a combination of human factors: climate change, habitat, destruction, and pesticides.

Because of their precarious position, on January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) secured the Rusty Patch Bee a spot on the endangered species list, which would have provided these pollinators with crucial protections. However, the Trump administration has delayed these protections as a part of a larger move to gut the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Thankfully, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is not going to let this happen without a fight.  They are suing the Department of the Interior, claiming that it is illegal to deny these bees protections that have already been granted. This is a crucial fight because bees need these protections immediately. The NRDC’s senior attorney, Rebecca Riley told the Christian Science Monitor, “The science is clear – this species is headed toward extinction, and soon.” But we can stop this from happening.

Add your voice to the many other concerned Americans who are protesting the Trump administration’s assault on the Endangered Species Act by signing this petition. Not only will you help protect the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee but all the endangered species in America. You can also help by sharing this post with your friends and having them sign the petition.

Together, we can save the bees and our food supply as well!
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Tess Husbands
1 Years Ago

Policy-makers are not scientists nor environmentalists and for the most part, are scientific illiterates, clueless as to why they have oxygen, water, safety and life. They fail to comprehend, only wild, native species, like this pollinator, scientifically, biological diversity and bio means,"life", are the work force and job-holders in the literal economy of all life on Earth and life itself aboard planet Earth. Also, native pollinators pollinate planet Earth\'s trees and plants, that are vital for life as we know it.

After all, our living, life-flowing planet Earth is her first, natural and wild surfaces, created, supported, sustained, maintained, protected and conserved only by "all" biological diversity. The National Academy of Sciences states, the extinctions of biological diversity are as safe for mankind and planet Earth as global, thermonuclear war. A panel of scientists wrote, for every species of biological diversity that fall extinct, mankind and planet Earth slide closer to extinction.

The only route we have to halt extinctions is the federal law, "The Endangered Species Act". We must honor this law as it also protects mankind\'s only home, planet Earth.

This Makes No Sense
1 Years Ago

WTF? "The Rusty Patch Bee has declined by 187 percent in the past 15 years,"
Is their population negative now?

1 Years Ago

How are we going to save that many species by signing petitions? The people who read them do not care in the first place. The cruelties to animals is horrible. What ever happened to human kindness? With the Devil in the White House things are bound to get worse fast.


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