Congressman Keith Ellison writes the EPA in support of SAVE THE FROGS! Atrazine campaign
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
We would like to thank Congressman Keith Ellison (5th District, MN) for sending a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing his support for our campaign to get a federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine. This harmful pesticide can turn male frogs into females at 2.5 parts per billion -- and we use 80 million pounds of it annually in the USA. The USDA detected Atrazine in 94% of tap water samples across the USA, and that means you are probably drinking Atrazine on a reguar basis!
Please help fund our campaign to get Atrazine banned by donating, $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 today! With your support, we CAN bring down the world's largest pesticide company! Thank you!
Learn more about Atrazine at http://savethefrogs.com/atrazine
People ask me if I think we can get Atrazine banned. The truth is that with proper funding we could most likely get Atrazine banned, but without it we have negligible chance of success. SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide currently has only THREE (3) full-time equivalent staff members. Contrast this figure with Syngenta (the world's largest pesticide maker and producer of Atrazine): they have over 26,000 employees in 90 countries, and 11 billion dollars in revenues. How will we compete against a multi-national mega-corporation when they outnumber us 10,000 fold and their budget is 100,000 times higher than ours?
To worsen matters, public apathy is at an all-time high. I spoke at the EPA's hearings on the effects of Atrazine in June (here is an mp3 of my speech). It was a public commenting session, yet I was the only speaker opposed to Atrazine. All the others were industry lobbyists. No frog supporters and no other nonprofit's representatives came to speak their view. While 21 century environmentalists are willing to sign petitions, few seem willing to leave their house to take action.
Wait, the bad news isn't over: a member of the EPA's Scientific Advisory Panel told me that the panel was instructed by the EPA to discard all scientific studies ever done on Atrazine, minus one - a Syngenta-funded study!
Fortunately there is some good news!!! What is working in our favor is that every human is smart enough to know that what turns male frogs into females is something that we don't want on our food or in our streams or tap water. We just need to raise awareness and get people educated. So we need YOU to step up your efforts and help us win this campaign, which benefits frogs AND humans!
We need to raise $20,000 so that we can organize an International Day of Pesticide Action and so we can form partnerships with large nonprofit organizations whose supporter bases and budgets are much larger than our own.
Please help fund our campaign to get Atrazine banned by donating, $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 today! Thank you!
SAVE THE FROGS! in Grand Canyon National Park
An update from Arizona by Michael G. Starkey, Chairman of SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee
When you think of Arizona, what comes to mind? Cacti, rattlesnakes, or tumbleweeds right? However, when I think of Arizona, I think of frogs! I know what you are thinking: “Frogs? In the desert?” It’s true! Arizona has many different types of ecosystems that support a great diversity of amphibian species. From lush forests to arid deserts, frogs can be be found! In Arizona, there are 25 species of amphibians and they all need your help!
Earlier this month I gave a presentation on amphibian ecology and conservation to the staff, docents, and visitors of Grand Canyon National Park. I then headed south to take part in Chiricahua Leopard Frog surveys with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Rana chiricahuensis
SAVE THE FROGS! Art Class October 13th in Santa Cruz
SAVE THE FROGS! has teamed up with the Scribbles Institute to offer Frog Art Classes. The first class is October 13th, 2012 in Santa Cruz, CA. Please sign up, spread the word, and I will see you there!
Mushroom Frog Art by Nick Gustafson, see more at www.savethefrogs.com/mushrooms
Belize Eco-Tour Discount for Members
Looking for a winter getaway to the warm tropics? Do you like beaches and rainforests? We do too! And we know you'll appreciate having three professional ecologists as guides on your trip. We are offering SAVE THE FROGS! Members a $125 discount on the trip. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Learn more at:
Keep it real!
Thanks for all your support,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
In the Squamish Valley, British Columbia, looking for Northern Red-Legged Frogs; August 2012