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BEES ARE DYING AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED
Barely two weeks after 25,000 bees were found dead in a parking lot in Oregon, another round of bee devastation has been reported. This time, the mass die-off was far worse. More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops. “Once the corn started to get planted [in Elmwood] our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. After a record-breaking loss of honeybees in the U.K., the European Union banned several pesticides in May, including neonicotinoid pesticides. [Source]
poisoning bees can also kill
- the honey industry
- us, eventually, because we are apex predators and poison travels up the food chain
1 Stop using insecticides 2 Plant Bee-friendly plants 3 Create natural habitat gardens 4 Find out more about bees 5 Support your local beekeepers 6 Make you own ‘Wild bee’ house 7 Become a beekeeper 8 Lobby your local MP or MEP 9 Sign petitions banning pesticides 10 Encourage your local authority to do more to help bees
!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
9 Basic Principles of Biomimicry
- Nature runs on sunlight.
- Nature uses only the energy it needs.
- Nature fits form to function.
- Nature recycles everything.
- Nature rewards cooperation.
- Nature banks on diversity.
- Nature demands local expertise.
- Nature curbs excesses from within.
- Nature taps the power of limits.
“As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression.”
yao ming recently launched a public awareness campaign in china targeting the nation’s consumption of ivory and rhino horn, after having spent twelve days last august in kenya and south africa.
poaching kills more than 25,000 african elephants annually, while 668 rhinos were killed last year in south africa alone, meaning that if current trends are not abated, both species will be extinct within our lifetime.
according to shark fin traders and hong kong import statistics, yao’s previous campaign against the shark fin trade is credited with a 50-70% reduction in chinese consumption last year.
"no one who sees the results firsthand, as i did, would buy ivory or rhino horn," yao stated. “i believe when people in china know what’s happening they will do the right thing and say no to these products."
he continued, “we would be outraged if people were killing our pandas. we should be just as upset with what’s happening to rhinos and elephants in africa.”