People and Pollinators Action Network works with both local and state governmental agencies and elected officials to encourage pollinator friendly policies in land and facility management.
We have been instrumental in passing municipal and county resolutions (e.g. Boulder, Boulder County, Lafayette, Longmont) to encourage the conservation of and transition to healthy pollinator habitat, reduce the use of all kinds of pesticides and engage the public to develop a better understanding of the importance of pollinators.
At the state legislature, we were successful in passing a resolution in 2017 to designate I-76 as Colorado’s first pollinator highway from the Nebraska border to metro Denver. We have worked with CDOT to encourage the development of pollinator friendly roadway management policies. We have engaged state legislators in educational opportunities to learn more about the importance of pollinators to our overall biodiversity, our agricultural systems and healthy habitats.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Get to know your elected officials at all levels and talk to them about the importance of pollinators, how chemical toxins are affecting human health and that you encourage them to pursue policy changes.
- Talk to candidates when they are running for office about your concerns for pollinators and human health.
- Join or start a new PPAN group in your local community.
- Meet with your parks, open space, recreation and transportation departments to learn about their management practices and how they affect pollinators and work to persuade them to use less toxic options and get training in organic management practices.
- Talk to your school board members about school property management practices.
- Create consumer demand for organic products – buy them when you can! The more demand we create, the more industry will take notice.
- Make sure you are registered to vote and make sure you vote!