No Bees, No Food

from PennEnvironment

Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.
Let’s give bees a chance

In recent years, beekeepers report they’re losing on average 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter — twice the loss considered economically tolerable.

We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of most of the world’s food. Imagine no almonds, fewer apples and strawberries, less alfalfa to feed dairy cows, and the list goes on.

Scientists point to several causes behind the problem, including global warming, habitat loss, and parasites. But more and more studies are showing that a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics) are a clear culprit to the colony collapse occurring with bees….

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Act Now: Protesting Shouldn’t Be A Felony

Text and petition from Sierra Club

To please corporate interests, our elected officials are willing to make protests a felony. SB 652 would make trespass on or in a ‘critical infrastructure facility’ a felony. The bill broadly defines ‘critical infrastructure’ to include oil refineries, natural gas facilities and pipelines, railroad tracks, cell towers, and many other sites.

Under this bill, what are currently summary or misdemeanor offenses, would become felonies punishable by up to two years in prison and minimum fines of $5,000 – $10,000. This bill would even make it illegal to plan a protest that would involve trespass, regardless of whether or not you actually trespass.

It’s no coincidence that this bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania, where there’s been continuous opposition to proposed natural gas infrastructure. This is an obvious attempt to silence and suppress those who speak out against environmental degradation and corporate recklessness.

This terrible bill has already passed the Senate. Let’s make sure it goes no further.

Rise For Climate


Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux and colleagues showed support to the global mobilization from the ever shrinking ice shelves of Antarctica, marching through below zero temperatures. From “#RiseforClimate: 900+ actions on 7 continents,” 350.org, 9/9/18.

For our less snowy Chester County observance, see “Rally for Climate Justice and Environment, West Chester, 9/8/18.”

As the photo caption notes, Antarctic ice sheets are melting. See “Antarctic ice loss tripled – should we be worried?,” Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 7/3/18. Short answer: yes, very. From that site:


(A rise of less than 1 centimeter in 25 years may not sound like a lot, but we need to remember: 1) 1 vertical centimeter is several horizontal feet in a marsh or estuary; 2) the rise is apt to accelerate as ice becomes water around the globe.

West Chester Friends students are behind borough’s ban on plastic bags

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, Sep 20, 2018

WEST CHESTER — Borough shoppers can soon say goodbye to single-use plastic bags.

At Tuesday’s work session, council asked its solicitor to draft an ordinance to forbid distribution of single use plastic bags in stores and shops. Borough Manager Mike Perrone told the audience that a ban is likely.

Although they won’t be able to vote for more than six years, Quaker Leadership Team’s sixth-graders — former West Chester Friends School students — were instrumental in successfully lobbying for the ban. The students met eight to 10 times during the summer.

Council President Diane LeBold was pleased with the student input.

“This gives me hope for the future,” LeBold said.

“Borough council’s unanimous vote to create a transition plan for our businesses and draft an ordinance to ban single-use HDPE plastic bags in the borough is yet another demonstration of West Chester’s environmental leadership in our region,” said Mayor Dianne Herrin. “These bags are simply terrible for the environment, they clog our storm drains, and many end up as part of a monstrous plastic stew in our oceans, destroying wildlife and the very ecosystems on which we all depend for life. They are a temporary convenience we can all do without, and there are better alternatives.”…

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