Is your backyard already a safe haven for bees? Help create more pesticide-free spaces for bees, with access to fresh water, ample food and shelter.
Urge your municipal government, school or park district to pass a resolution to protect bees by creating healthy pollinator environments free of bee-harming pesticides. The steps below will get you started, and to find out more — and get support from PAN — contact Paul Towers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Build a group: If you are not already part of an organization that wants to protect bees, then reach out to other people in your community and form a group. People often use facebook, email lists and neighborhood meetings to recruit people to their effort.
- Do your homework: Review materials PAN has put together, including the organizing toolkit, and figure out what resonates in your community and with your local government or school board.
- Broaden your coalition: In order to effectively pass the resolution, you should figure out who else will help advance your efforts. Consider reaching out to local beekeepers, gardener groups or neighborhood associations and ask for their endorsements.
- Meet with decisionmakers: Meet with your decisionmakers (e.g. city councilmembers, county supervisiors, school board officials) and identify a champion to introduce the resolution. Encourage others you meet with them to support as well. Also bring people from your new coalition to express a range of perspectives and backgrounds and show the strength of your effort.
- Show up at the vote: Recruit people through your core group and through your coalition to show up when the resolution is up for a vote. Numbers matter to most officials and can help sway them. And don't forget to celebrate after you win.
Most importantly, don't give up!