Join the Earth Day Swarm to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to act to save honeybees from toxic pesticides? Let's swarm the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with demands for a ban on the pesticides that are killing the pollinators we need to grow food!
Please sign the petition to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides before they devastate bee populations in the U.S. Then join us on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, at 12 noon, to deliver the petition to EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. You can RSVP below to join the Earth Day swarm!
Last year was one of the worst in U.S. history for honey production. Some beekeepers are reporting astonishing winter losses, upwards of 90 percent. Others have reported complete colony loss. Less honey means less food for overwintering bees, putting increased stress on colonies attempting to fight off the spread of colony collapse disorder (CCD).
CCD is the name given to the precipitous decline of honeybee populations around the world, beginning in 2006. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that, on average, beekeepers are losing over 30% of their honeybee colonies each year, twice what is considered normal. While CCD appears to have multiple interacting causes, a range of scientific evidence points to pesticide exposure as an important contributing factor. Neonicotinoids, a class of potent systemic insecticides, are particularly suspect, especially in combination with the dozens of other pesticides bees are exposed to in their hives and when foraging.
Please RSVP below to take action to save the bees this Earth Day in DC!
Event LocationEnvironmental Protection Agency
302 12th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
We'll meet at noon outside the Federal Triangle Metro Station (Blue & Orange Line) in front of the Environmental Protection Agency.