Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini is working to save the bees

Save the bees

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Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini (Laredo) joined us this week for a webinar on state policy action to protect bees and other pollinators. Gov. Abbott vetoed her bill in 2021 to promote pollinator-friendly landscaping at solar farms, but the Senator promises she is not giving up. She plans to push new bills to save the bees during the current session of the Texas Legislature. See her full comments below.


Luke Metzger

Executive Director, Environment Texas

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at three Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation, renewable energy and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.

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