Monday, the US Interior Department announced significant changes that would weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented. 

The change focuses on the rarest species, but environmentalists believe it might push more plants and animals towards extinction. The overhaul includes changes to how federal agencies consider whether or not animals or habitats qualify for protection.

Critics fear it could allow for more oil mining and gas drilling, and some of the proposed changes are already facing court challenges.

Hawaii has been called the endangered species capitol of the world as its home to animals like the leatherback sea turtle and the Hawaiian nene.

Local politicians made sure their voice was heard after the news broke.


U.S. Senator Brian Schatz took to Twitter and wrote, "This makes me sick. Please, young people, turn out in massive numbers so we can take better care of the earth."