Bees Need Help in California — Today

The state of our honey bees is in danger. There’s a ghastly bill up for vote before the California Legislature – a bill that would postpone any action by the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban bee-killing pesticides until 2020.

A honey bee alights on a cherry blossom in Oakdale, CA.
A honey bee alights on a cherry blossom in Stockton, California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

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Time is of the essence, folks. The state of our honey bees is in danger. There’s a ghastly bill up for vote today before the California Legislature—a bill that would postpone any action by the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban bee-killing pesticides until 2020.

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The bees and our communities deserve protection. Scientists believe neonictinoid pesticides are a major reason for bee die-offs and neonics have been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. Did you know that nearly one-third of all honey bees in our country have perished?  AB 1789 would postpone any decision-making on these pesticides to 2020, putting food sources and the bee populations in grave danger as one in every three bites of food depends on bees for pollination. We cannot afford to wait six MORE years for regulation

Bees are dying off at record numbers now. Waiting is disastrous. The only good news here is that your voice matters in this fight. Call state senators right now and ask them to vote NO on AB 1789. Find your senator and contact information with this lookup tool.

The vote is TODAY, so don’t delay your call. Spread this to anyone you know in California!

From 2014–2016, Betsy was a bilingual press secretary on the Advocacy Communications team.

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