The latest numbers for the annual honeybee count are in, and the situation is dire. Across the country beekeepers reported losing 44% of their bee colonies overall — and their highest summer losses ever.
And honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in trouble. 40% of all wild invertebrate pollinators are on the brink of extinction. If we lose our pollinators, it could mean ecological collapse on a scale we’ve never seen before.
We can’t let it come to that.
None of this is happening by accident. Big Agriculture and the fossil fuel industry are knowingly fueling this mass extinction by driving rampant pesticide use, habitat loss, and climate devastation. The government is adding fuel to the fire, working hand-in-hand with these industries to dismantle environmental regulations while finding new ways to line the pockets of the corporations responsible. To add insult to injury, this administration is now using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to roll back even more protections, greenlight more destructive projects, and increase payouts to the mega-corporations fueling these crises.
We know what they’re doing, and we know how to stop it.
Thanks to members like you, Friends of the Earth has been campaigning and winning on fights like these for decades. We were made for this moment. Here are some of the powerful things we’ve done together over the past four years:
- We’ve successfully pushed the garden industry to transition away from bee-toxic pesticides.
- We’ve secured legislative and corporate wins on pesticides like chlorpyrifos, which can kill pollinators and cause permanent brain damage in children. For example, our efforts have led to state-wide bans of the chemical, which helped convince Dow Chemical to stop selling it.
- Our team is also driving legislation like the Saving America’s Pollinators Act and other bills that would help save other threatened pollinators like monarch butterflies and help rapidly shift our food system toward people and pollinator friendly ecological agriculture.