Actions of the Week May 19-25
Just because you may be stuck at home right now, doesn’t mean you can’t take action for people and the planet. Each week, REVERB is working with our partners to find ways for you to take meaningful action!
Send an urgent message to the White House and Trump’s EPA in opposition of the rollbacks that cut clean car standards and greenlight more pollution.
According to the NRDC, 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators! It’s estimated that honey bees are responsible for about $15 billion in US agricultural crops each year. And they don’t even charge us for that service!
But due to a number of factors including habitat loss, climate change, disease, and the use of certain insecticides, 40% of honey bee colonies collapsed between spring of 2017 to 2018.
So we think it’s time to take action and help our hardworking, incredibly intelligent friends. We turned to Lori Roth – beekeeper and long-time REVERB volunteer (and in the interest of full disclosure the mom of community and volunteer manager Paige) – to offer up some tips!
- Abandon the notion of a “perfect lawn”. Dandelions and clover are two of bee’s favorite foods and are important nectar and pollen sources in the spring.
- Spray yourself and not your yard. Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are harmful to bees, not great for your water either.
- Urge the EPA and USDA to ban neonicotinoids, a widely used class of pesticide. Find a petition asking legislators to ban them.
- Consider planting some bee friendly flowers. Lavender, thyme, mint and rosemary are just a few. Be sure to check with the nursery when buying plants. Sometimes “bee friendly” plants have been treated with neonicotinoids.
- Sponsor a hive! https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/beekeeping-grants/