We Rely on Bees, and They're Relying on Us

Pesticide Action Network   6/17/13

It's pollinator week and bees need your help! They're continuing to die off in droves, facing habitat loss, pathogens — and widespread exposure to pesticides that impair their brain function or severely weaken their immune systems.

Yet policymakers still aren't acting quickly to protect them.

But home gardeners and backyard beekeepers all over the country are stepping up to create pesticide-free spaces for bees. If you haven't already, will you join them?

Bees need safe havens» Take the pledge to protect bees in your backyard, and put your bee haven on the map! It’s easy to do, and will demonstrate the groundswell of citizen support to protect pollinators from pesticides. You'll also find other ways you can help — from pressuring policymakers to organizing in your community — featured on our Honey Bee Haven website.

You don’t need to be a beekeeper or avid gardener to create a safe haven — tucking a few containers of bee-friendly plants on a balcony or front stoop will get you started. And if you already have a bee haven, put it on the map!

Bees need access to pesticide-free food, water and shelter — and every bit of habitat makes a difference.

Protect honey bees» We can thank bees for one in three bites of food we eat, including many of our favorites like almonds, apples and raspberries. And their pollination services contribute $19 billion to our agricultural economy. We rely on bees everyday — and they're relying on us. Create a safe, pesticide-free haven and put it on the map! 

With thanks for all you do on behalf of these vital pollinators.