National Pollinator Week Kicks Off with a Week of Actions
JUNE 18-24, 2023 #PollinatorWeek
To Stop Bee-Toxic Pesticide Use and Adopt Organic Practices
Washington DC, June 18, 2023 - In recognition of the importance of pollinators and biodiversity to a healthy environment and healthy people during National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, Beyond Pesticides announces a week of activities and actions.
Pollinator Week Video by Beyond Pesticides
Juneteenth and Environmental Justice. To kick off Pollinator Week 2023, by Juneteenth and Environmental Justice celebrating Juneteenth, it is time to renew our commitment to environmental justice while seeking the adoption of transformational policies and practices that recognize the urgency to address disproportionate harm inflicted by toxic pesticide use.
Know your Pollinators and BEE-Protective. Learn about the pollinators that exist around us on the Know Your Pollinators page on the website! Bees, birds, bats, butterflies, and more! Gardens with 10 or more species of flowering plants attract the greatest number of bees. Additionally, check out the short film “The Seeds That Poison,” a Beyond Pesticides’ feature video highlighting the hazards associated with a major use of bee-toxic pesticides – seed coatings! Please watch and share with friends and family! Click here to watch.
In Peak Bloom—Summertime with Pollinators Under Threat! Pollinators are dying because their food and homes are disappearing, diseases have increased, and rising temperatures and natural disasters are affecting their ability to survive - all of which are related to the existential crisis of climate change. Plant pollinator habitat: Explore Beyond Pesticides’ resources to find ideas for native plantings or sources of untreated flowers and dig your pollinator-friendly garden today. Use the Bee Protective Habitat Guide and or Pollinator-Friendly Seed Directory to help!
Pollinators Sustaining the (Socio-economic) Ecosystem. In partnership with Natural Grocers, sign the Ladybug Pledge to support 100% organic produce. So, pledge to protect pollinators and produce in your garden by never using chemicals that harm beneficial insects and ladybugs by using organic! Display a Pesticide-Free Zone sign for your yard and show your neighbors that pesticide-free spaces are important for health and the environment. Protect the bees by using our organizing materials to aid in eliminating the use of bee-toxic pesticides in the community. Be sure to mark it on the Honey Bee Haven map! Additionally, demand justice and just conditions to stand in solidarity with farmworkers and the pollinators vital to our food supply!
Partner with pollinator activists to take action! Nevada may be joining California, Minnesota, New Jersey (the first in the nation to eliminate neonics), and New York in leading the way, however, we need to ban all pesticides and treated seeds that harm pollinators. To promote transformational change, we need to reestablish a national strategy to work across agencies to eliminate our reliance on toxic pesticides and assist in the transition to organic land management—in the interest of protecting ecosystems against the dramatic destruction of biodiversity and the insect apocalypse.