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SAVE the Bees Petition

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Environment America Year-End Drive

 

Take Action

 

 

Our bees are in the midst of a crisis — their populations are collapsing,

and we need to take action.

 

A long and growing list of threats are driving bee deaths, from a warming
climate to shrinking habitats — and the summer of 2019 was the single
worst one for bees on record.1 But researchers are particularly concerned
about one bee killer: Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics.

 

Saving the bees means stopping the worst uses of these bee-killing
pesticides. Tell your governor to take action.

 

Pollinators are vital to the health of our ecosystems. Bees of all kinds —
from the familiar honeybee to America’s thousands of wild species —
are nature’s best.2

 

They’re truly incredible creatures: Wherever they thrive, the web of life
is stronger, broader and more colorful. And we’re losing them by the millions.

 

The European Union, Canada and four U.S. states have already passed
restrictions on neonics. There’s a reason for that: In the two decades
that we’ve been using them on our crops, gardens and parks, they’v
been strongly linked with bee colony collapse.

 

When bees ingest these chemicals through treated plants, their
immune systems are weakened and their ability to navigate home
to their hives is hampered. Neonics even harm the brain development
of baby bees.3,4

 

There’s a lot that we need to do to save the bees, including expanding
and protecting bee habitat and making our farming practices less toxic.
One of the best steps we can take right now? Tell your governor:
Ban the worst uses of neonic pesticides
in your state.

 

To secure a future for the bees, we need to plant bee-friendly plants and
protect more habitat so wild bees can thrive, move American agriculture
in a more sustainable direction, and keep harmful pesticides away from
the places where bees should be safest of all: wildlife refuges.

 

Your state can take a great first step toward that vision by banning the worst
uses of neonic pesticides. Uses like selling neonics to consumers for their
lawns and gardens, and pre-treated seeds (which make the plants that grow
from them toxic to bees without spraying), are the ones we should dispense
with first.

 

With your help, we can make sure bees never have a summer as bad as 2019’s
again. Take action.

 

Thanks for making it all possible,

 

Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President

1. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high summer losses,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.
2. “Native plants and ecosystem services: Pollination,” Michigan State
University Department of Entomology, accessed September 21, 2020.
3. Lauren Aratani, “Pesticide widely used in US particularly harmful to
bees, study finds
,” The Guardian, August 6, 2019.
4. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high
summer losses
,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.

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Plastic Pollution Petition

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Humans discard so much plastic that it’s like a garbage truck full of waste is being dumped into the ocean every single minute. We need to ban the worst forms of single-use plastic and stem the tide of pollution. Ask your governor to ban polystyrene foam in your state.

Humans discard so much plastic that it’s like a garbage truck full of waste is being dumped into the ocean every single minute. We need to ban the worst forms of single-use plastic and stem the tide of pollution. Ask your governor to ban polystyrene foam in your state.

TAKE ACTION

(You will need to choose your home state in the signing)

Seabird parents lovingly care for their babies, flying out to sea every day to find enough food for their young. But sometimes, no matter how much they feed their chicks, the babies fail to thrive. They grow up lighter, with shorter bills and wings. Some develop kidney problems. Some die

Why? Because the ocean is so full of trash that seabird parents are feeding plastic garbage to their babies instead of actual food.1 Humans discard so much plastic that it’s as though a garbage truck full of waste is being dumped into the ocean every single minute.2

Birds aren’t the only ones impacted: Plastic is showing up in our bodies, too. It’s clear that we simply need to stop using so much plastic.

If you care about stopping the tide of plastic flowing into our environment, here’s how to help: Ask your governor to ban polystyrene foam — one of the worst forms of plastic pollution — in your state.

Polystyrene foam, which most of us call Styrofoam, is particularly bad for the environment because it never truly degrades. It just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that animals can easily mistake for food.

We use polystyrene foam cups and containers for only a few minutes before throwing them away — but those same cups and containers go on to threaten the environment for hundreds of years.

We don’t need it. It hurts the planet. It’s time to ban it.

Ask your governor to support a ban on polystyrene foam in your state.

The time is right to go all in to support a ban on polystyrene foam. We know we can win: Our sister groups Environment Maine and Environment Maryland led the charge to pass bans on polystyrene in their states last year — the very first bans of their type in the nation.

Together, we can put wildlife over waste and put a stop to one of the worst forms of plastic pollution in states across the country.

Send a message to your governor today.

 

Thank you,

Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President

P.S. Our work to defend the environment can’t stop and won’t stop in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll keep advocating on your behalf — at a safe social distance — for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate.

1. Jason Daley, “Eating Even One Piece of Plastic Has Health Consequences for Baby Seabirds,” The Smithsonian, August 5, 2019.
2. “Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution,” UN Environment, last accessed March 12, 2020.
3. Sarah Gibbens, “You eat thousands of bits of plastic every year,” National Geographic, June 5, 2019.

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