Our wildlife refuges should be a safe space for all wildlife, including bees. But Trumpâs Administration is allowing bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides to be used in these refuges.
This means plant and animal species that are supposed to be protected in refuges are at risk of being wiped out by toxic pesticides.
As a leading cause of bee decline, neonics have no place in our environment, most certainly not in our refuges. The good news is that Rep. Nydia VelÃ¡zquez has introduced a bill to ban neonics and make our refuges safe for bees and other pollinators. We need your help to build support for this bill!
Help save the bees: Tell your Representative to ban bee-killing pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges.
Neonic pesticides are extremely toxic to bees and other pollinators. Over the last two decades neonic use has skyrocketed, while pollinator and honeybee populations have plummeted. A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that pesticides like neonicotinoids are a leading contributor to pollinator declines.
Our National Wildlife Refuges are meant to conserve wildlife species, especially those that are endangered or at risk of becoming endangered. The Obama Administration introduced a ban on neonics, but the Trump Administrationâs Fish and Wildlife Service reversed this decision, putting our bees in grave danger.
Bees and other pollinators are essential to our food systems and agriculture economy. Up to $577 billion of our annual global food production relies on the contributions of pollinators. We canât let the Trump Administrationâs efforts to prioritize the interests of the pesticide industry threaten our public lands and wildlife. With your help we can convince legislators across the country to stand up to the pesticide industry and ban these toxic pesticides on our refuges. But we need you to take action NOW!
Email your representative NOW: Tell them to protect bees and other pollinators, not pesticide industry profits.
The pesticide industry has successfully influenced policymakers in the Trump Administration. Pesticide corporations spend tens of millions of dollars lobbying to prevent any restrictions on their products. These efforts have succeeded in convincing policymakers to deregulate pesticide use. Now our pollinators and food system are in serious danger.
Pollinators and other insects are dying at an alarming rate and overuse of neonics is a key driver. If we donât take immediate action to protect critical pollinators like bees and other insects, scientists warn we could soon see a âcomplete collapse of natureâs ecosystems.â
There is no doubt that pesticide companies are working hard persuading legislators to allow the continued use of these toxic chemicals. We canât let the chemical industry harm our refuges, public lands and pollinators. The only way to protect our National Wildlife Refuges is with your support. If you take action today you can help ban neonic use in refuges.
Protect our refuges: Tell your Representative to cosponsor a ban on toxic pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges.
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