The whole East Coast, including Pennsylvania, has been among the states with the lowest historical incidence of serious cases of West Nile Virus. Map from Centers for Disease Control:
Friday Aug. 31, 11:30am to 1pm, rain or shine.
Show our views about pesticide spraying at the weekly Concerned Constituent Action Group rally.
Location: NW Corner of High Street and Market Street, at the Historic Chester County Courthouse, West Chester.
Bring a poster or DSM sign, or pick up one there.
On-street parking or park at the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 S. High Street, West Chester.
Friends of the Earth, April 27, 2018
Friends of the Earth urges EPA and food retailers to follow
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The European Union (EU) governments today voted to ban the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.
The vote by the EU comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed regulatory action on most uses of neonicotinoids until 2018, despite receiving more than six million public comments urging the pesticide be banned in the U.S.
In response to the vote, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth issued the following statement:
“The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people and the planet. Given the overwhelming body of scientific evidence and overwhelming public concern, EPA as well as leading U.S. food retailers like Kroger should take immediate action and eliminate the use of these toxic pesticides.”
See wehat food retailers are or are not doing in the download Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators at Friends of the Earth
download pdf here: Circle of Poison Flyer
The triply sponsored picnic was well attended with about 75 people in all, and weather improved for us during the day. A good time for community sharing by people concerned about environment and human wellness. Here are some representative photos of the event.
Children enjoying frozen yogurt courtesy of Whirled Peace. Photo by Dianne Herrin
Opportunity for film buffs:
Don’t Spray Me and Sierra Club Sustainability Committee are working with West Chester University to create an environmental film series to be rolled out this fall.
If you are interested in film and would like to join the group, please contact Margaret Hudgings, email@example.com.
OREGON: The election results from Lincoln County, OR, are in: Lincoln residents adopted the first-in-the nation countywide Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides ordinance by 61 votes. Lincoln residents are the first in Oregon to secure people’s environmental and democratic rights, challenging the claimed “rights” of corporations. They are also the first to secure the rights of nature to exist and flourish, joining a growing number of communities across the U.S. and globally who are recognizing ecosystem rights. Measure 21-177 bans aerial sprayed pesticides as a violation of those rights.
The measure was ahead by 27 votes in the ballot count on election night (May 16th). However, there were 100 unsigned ballots that could still be counted towards the total. Those voters had until May 30th to sign their ballots, which were then added to the final count and secured the win.
Lincoln County residents have faced decades of toxic aerial pesticide spraying by the industrial timber industry. Timber corporations repeatedly aerial spray toxic pesticides on clearcuts to kill off “competing” vegetation and animals that threaten newly planted and young commodity crop trees. Residents have been working with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) since 2013 to protect themselves from the dangerous practice. …
read more at CELDF
In September 2015, we circulated a petition in the southwest quadrant of the Borough of West Chester, calling on the Chester County Health Department to cease spraying pesticides for mosquito control, which has been shown to be ineffective and has been banned in many other communities.
We collected 425 signatures from local residents, and 98% of the individuals to whom we talked signed in opposition to the spraying.
Please click here to view and sign the petition. Every signature helps!