Save the Bees and Two Simple, Free Things You Can Do

Save the bees at Happy Simple Living blog

Photo by Karen Roe

American honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate, and some think the EPA knows why. A growing body of evidence shows that widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And – Halleluia! – after the bans, bee populations began to rise again.

But in the U.S., clothianidin is still used on millions of acres of crops of corn, soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, peanuts and more. American beekeepers report losses of up to 90% of their bees, and many worry that their hives won’t survive another season.

Here’s how to help:

1.  Sign Change.org’s petition to urge the EPA to end the harmful pesticide’s use. As of today, the organization has gathered nearly 125,000 of the 150,000 signatures it seeks to present to the EPA. The form is quick and easy, and Change.org won’t share your personal info.

2. Post a link to your Facebook or Twitter page urging others to do the same. Here’s a ready-made tweet:

Save the bees! Sign your name to support urging the EPA to ban harmful pesticides now  http://chn.ge/Hoh9Yr via @change

That’s all there is to it. Change.org has provided the impetus for numerous citizen-led causes, and every signature helps send the message that we care about our planet.

The signature for Eliza Cross

P.S. If you want to welcome bees to your garden this summer check out Urban Bee Gardens for tons of ideas, from bee-attracting plants to creating bee-friendly habitats.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 comments to Save the Bees and Two Simple, Free Things You Can Do

  • . Add to that the invasion of Africanized bees and disease-spreading mites, and the situation begins to look alarming — after all, American agriculture depends on honeybees

  • Sheryl

    American agriculture depends on honeybees. They pollinate a third of crop species in the U.S., according to PBS. Federal and state governments, independent groups and some corporations have offered grant money for raising honeybees and for scientific research to find ways to save them..

  • tinafreysd

    I have been aware of this a couple of years back, but I did not know the bees are declining day by day or year by year. I assumed that if mobile phones are killing off the bees, then they should stop erecting too many mobile phones masts in the countryside or in a large open field where insects such as bees are roaming. Because of human greed, this is what is happening to nature, animals and insects are suffering while humans are enjoying the pleasure of technology. I just hope more bees are reproducing otherwise it will be a disaster.

  • Jazmine

    Bees, especially bumblebees, make their homes in all kinds of places, from the ground to trees to building walls. Discovering bees are taking up residence in the outer walls of your home might be a safety concern, but they can be removed or killed.

  • So glad to see your ringing the alarm. We are backyard beekeepers and I will be doing a post about this in the next week or so. I will definitely refer your support links and posts. Thanks.

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