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Ontario Nature Action Alert-Pollinators

The following information was provided by Ontario Nature as an Action Alert:

Pollinators are critical to our ecosystems. They are unsung heroes – and they’re in trouble! The combination of habitat loss, pesticide exposure, climate change and disease is devastating insect pollinators, both wild (e.g., wild bees, butterflies and moths) and domestic (honeybees).

Rusty-patched bumblebee. Photo Ontario Nature

Rusty-patched bumblebee. Photo Ontario Nature

 

Pollinators are responsible for an estimated one out of three bites of food that people eat, which is worth billions of dollars to the North American economy. Pollinators ensure the reproductive success of plants and the survival of the wildlife that depend on those plants for food and shelter.

Link to province’s proposal to protect pollinators.

Link to Ontario Nature press release on the government proposal.

Ontario Nature and its Youth Council have initiated a campaign to protect Ontario’s pollinators. Taking a leadership role in this biodiversity crisis, Youth Council members delivered over 1,200 signed postcards to Queen’s Park, asking the Premier to restrict the use of neonicotinoids, the harmful insecticides known to severely affect bee populations. Council members have also been speaking at events, writing blogs, hosting pollinator workshops and creating videos that will be used to demonstrate how Ontario citizens can create pollinator habitat in their backyards and beyond. Working alongside our Youth Council and in partnership with farm, health and other environmental organizations, Ontario Nature is: Advocating for change, particularly the banning of neonicotinoid pesticides in Ontario. Encouraging fellow Ontarians to plant pollinator gardens and native plants. Raising awareness of our pollinators’ plight through media, social media, events and gatherings.

For more information on the youth-led pollinator campaign, please contact Sarah Hedges at