“Bee Vigilant” is a Rhode Island campaign to raise awareness to consumers about the harmful effects of lawn chemicals. Commonly used pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, have been linked to health problems in children, adults and pets, as well as the continuous decline of bee colonies in the area. DPPC is happy to help raise awareness of this project.
Why do bees matter? Let this sink in: bees pollinate a third of the food we eat in the U.S., and they are dying at an unsustainable rate. Bees are at the core of complex ecosystems across the globe, and are responsible for pollinating an amount of crops valued at $30 billion a year. The alarming decrease of the worldwide bee population has been attributed to a combination of factors, including lethal insecticides and habitat degradation.
You can help! Below are three ways you can get involved with saving the bees:
1.) Steer clear of pesticides to keep your lawn and garden healthy.
2.) Plant something! You can start a small pollinator garden in your backyard or even in a window box. Check out some planting tips from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here.
3.) Help out the public pollinator gardens around Providence!