Stopping the Second Silent Spring

Stopping the Second Silent Spring

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm

Reining in Neonic Pesticides with the NYS Birds and Bees Protection Act

The Rivertowns Pollinator Pathway and Healthy Yards presents a talk by Dan Raichel, the Acting Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Pollinator initiative.

As bees' and other pollinators' rapid disappearance in recent years has threatened food security and ecosystems, one class of chemicals—neonicotinoids or “neonics”—have emerged as a primary culprit. These popular pesticides contaminate New York soil, water, and plant life on a nearly unprecedented scale, raising alarm bells not just for the birds and bees, but also a whole host of wildlife, clean water, and even our own health. Dan Raichel will discuss these concerns as well as the New York Birds and Bees Protection Act—a bill that would eliminate the vast majority of neonics entering New York’s environment by prohibiting wasteful and unnecessary neonic uses.

Because this will be a Zoom presentation, folks will need to register for this event: