Protect Plant Life From Further Extinction

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Target: Suzanne Case, Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of Hawaii

Goal: Stop the increase of plant extinctions in Hawaii.

Hawaii holds the current record for most recorded plant extinctions, according to recent studies by scientists at the Kew Gardens. Overall global plant extinctions are at 571 total, with Hawaii’s at a staggering 79; this includes “living dead” species whose survivors have no means of spreading their seeds.

Many plant species are the primary diet of various wild animals, particularly birds and mammals. They provide oxygen and other beneficial nutrients to soil and air. Their loss is heavily attributed to the disappearance of meadows, jungles, and forests as such locations are taken over by industry and agriculture. Other species fall victim to disease, or are badly contaminated by the levels of air and water pollution.

We cannot let this pattern continue. While the plant extinction epidemic needs global attention, we must start where the problem is the worst. Sign this petition to strengthen protection of Hawaii’s plant life and to preserve what may remain of any near-extinct species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Case,

Hawaii’s plant life is dying off rapidly, with 79 recorded extinctions of plant species due to a variety of environmental factors. Areas where these plants once thrived have been overtaken by industry and agriculture, in addition to being wiped out by pollution or diseases. This ties heavily into the global loss of plant life, with Hawaii seeing the highest recorded numbers.

You must stop further extinctions, as plant life is vital to the ecosystem. Wild animals feed on certain species, while others provide oxygen and beneficial nutrients to soil and air. You must strengthen protection of Hawaii’s plant life and preserve what may remain of any near-extinct species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sean A. Clevenger

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