Webinar: Texas legislators work to Save the Bees

Learn about threats to bees and other pollinators and the bills in the Texas Legislature that would help.

We are currently seeing a huge decline in bee populations. Last year, American beekeepers reported losing close to 44 percent of their honey bee colonies, a major increase from historical drops of only 10 to 15 percent. Native bees, of which Texas has an estimated 800 species, are also disappearing. Over 30 pollinator insects are listed as species of greatest conservation need by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
This legislative session at least three bills have been filed to help the bees, including by expanding habitat along state highways and at solar farms, and by educating the public about threats from pesticides.
Join us on Tuesday, March 23 from 10 – 11 AM to discuss the state of the bees and how these bills would help. Our panelists include:
 
State Rep. Michelle Beckley
Erika Thompson, Founder and Owner, Texas Beeworks
Malia Libby, Save The Bees Campaign Associate, Environment America
 
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Luke Metzger

Executive Director, Environment Texas

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air and water, parks and wildlife, and a livable climate. Luke recently led the successful campaign to get the Texas Legislature and voters to invest $1 billion to buy land for new state parks. He also helped win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; helped compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at four Texas refineries and chemical plants; and got the Austin and Houston school districts to install filters on water fountains to protect children from lead in drinking water. 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. He is a board member of the Clean Air Force of Central Texas and an advisory board member of the Texas Tech University Masters of Public Administration program. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.

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