Hawai'i Wildlife Fund is working desperately to save
turtles and other marine species and to protect the coral reefs
and clean the beaches they rely on to survive.
donations to our
501(c)3 nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Mahalo.
GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
Due to the federal government shutdown, we don't
know if federal funding will be
available for our endangered
species work in 2019. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund's leadership has called
meeting this week to discuss our next steps. We
urgently need your help for our protected species funding.
are needed now more than ever.
Hawai'i is the fourth largest employer of federal
employees in the nation. National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish
& Wildlife Service employees are not getting paid and some have to work
without pay. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund works
with those agencies as we "fill the gap" between government and community to conserve and
protect native Hawaiian species.
In addition to federal employees and their families being put at risk,
our endangered species are also at risk as the professionals who
protect them are not being paid. Our national parks lie unprotected and vulnerable as the
shutdown forces employees off the job. The federal grants
that pay for wildlife protection and
technical consultations grind to a stand still. None of that can
until the agencies get back to work.
OCEAN POLLUTION EFFORTS
Hawaii Wildlife Fund's
educational programs are teaching
the next generation about the detrimental effects that
marine debris, especially plastic products, have on our native
wildlife and our environment.
Our efforts are also focused on driving legislative
initiatives like Hawaii’s plastic bag ban and its
ban on polystyrene – both of which are helping to
reduce marine debris.
While ocean pollution is one of the biggest challenges of this era, we are making progress locally in addressing this threat.
Our statewide campaign to protect coral reefs by discouraging the use of
sunscreen resulted in landmark legislation being passed
to prohibit that chemical's use in Hawaii.
the health of the planet's oceans will take a global effort. We call on
everyone to join our efforts to turn the tide.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
- Hannah Bernard,
HWF Executive Director
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