Local Governments Step Up To Support Bee Health – So Can You
Prince Edward County took a step that all communities can take. They passed a resolution asking the federal and provincial governments to declare a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides as soon as possible pending further study. While they are very clear that agriculture is the foundation of their municipality, they also state the issue of bee health is a serious one for beekeepers, farmers and consumers alike. They went on to do what every local government can do, they passed a motion to show leadership by discontinuing the use of Neonicotinoid products on municipal property.
Friends of the Earth sent a copy of Prince Edward County’s Resolution in Support of Bee Health to every local government in Canada asking for their council’s review and adoption of such a resolution.
Even though it’s summer time and elected officials are out and about meeting constituents and enjoying their own gardens, it’s a good time to check with the Clerk or Administrator at your Councillor’s office to see if the resolution is coming up for discussion. We’ve already heard from the Township of Asphodel-Norwood and the City of Pickering that they’ve endorsed the resolution. Burnaby, Hamilton, and Burlington are looking into the request.
Every resident can promote action locally. I hope you will stand with us and support the call to stop the use of neonicotinoid products on municipal property. We’d love to hear about your experience with this action.