In 2007, the Senate designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” – a week to raise awareness about the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. During this week, people all over the country celebrate the valuable ecosystem services provided by birds, bees, butterflies, and beetles! So how can you take part this year?
Here are just a few activities you can do, from pollinator.org –
- Display pollinator artwork and outreach materials
- Host a pollinator-themed meal or mixer
- Pollinator planting day at your school, office, local park, or library
- Build native bee houses
- Screen a pollinator film (such as Bee Movie!)
- Plant habitat in your backyard using native plants
- Host a nature walk or pollinator expert lecture
Additionally, check out 7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators –
- Plant for pollinators
- Reduce or eliminate the impact of pesticides
- Register as a share site
- Reach out to others – inform and inspire!
- Support local bees and beekeepers
- Conserve all of our resources; use less and reduce our impact
- Support the work of groups promoting science based, practical efforts for pollinators
For more information, please visit pollinator.org where you can learn even more about pollinators and how we can help them.
It’s no surprise that Don’t Spray Me! volunteers are active in other community activities. For four years, Ashlie Delshad, DSM Block Captain and Associate Professor of Political Science at West Chester University, has led student service trips to work with urban gardens in Philadelphia that grow food to combat food insecurity throughout the city. The WCU group partners with organizations including the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (their City Harvest Program), the Eastern Philadelphia Revitalization Alliance, and Philabundance.
Here is a photo from last year:
Petition from Sierra Club
Tell your representative to oppose this anti-environment House Farm Bill.
The House 2018 Farm Bill is an absolute disaster — and we need to do everything we can to stop it. It is replete with partisan, anti-environmental provisions, representing Big Ag and pesticide companies over our food supply, wildlife, ecosystem, residents, and small farmers. Congress should look after the public interest before the profits of the world’s largest chemical companies. Take action here to urge your representative to vote down this dangerous bill now!
The House version of the Farm Bill:
Cuts programs to develop farmer’s markets
Seeks to exempt pesticide manufacturers from liability for harming endangered wildlife
Weakens critical protections to keep wildlife safe from toxic pesticides
Increases costs for organic farmers and undermines ecological, sustainable farming
Proposes a new office to advocate for the use of genetically engineered organisms
Logs its way through our forests and guts water conservation programs
Makes it easier for corporate polluters to contaminate drinking water supplies
Cuts safety net programs for low-income people, exacerbating hunger and food insecurity
Attacks food sovereignty and home rule, striking state rights to set their own food and animal standards, such as pesticide bans or cage-free egg requirements
Cuts programs proven to promote soil heath and fight climate change
Continues support for big corporate Caged Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
This Farm Bill would cause so much damage, it must be altogether stopped. The public deserves safe and healthy food, water, wildlife, and forests — and the House needs to put the greater good before Big Ag’s toxic agenda. We deserve fair food and farm policies that respect our rights, our health and the need for a healthy environment to sustain our current and future generations.
Petition your representative at Sierra Club