Ban Harmful Pesticides Threatening Pollinators and Birds

Target: Mr. Grant Bishop, Assistant Director of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture

Goal: Demand an immediate ban on harmful pesticides linked to pollinator and bird decline.

The delicate balance of West Virginia’s ecosystems is under siege due to the indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides. Pollinators like bees and butterflies and cherished bird populations are experiencing devastating declines. These creatures are not only vital for the environment, but also for the agricultural systems that sustain us. Pesticides such as neonicotinoids and organophosphates, notorious for their harmful impact on pollinators and birds, continue to be utilized without restraint.

This reckless application of pesticides is leading to the decimation of pollinator populations, crucial for the reproduction of countless plant species that make up the diverse ecosystems. Birds, too, are falling victim to these toxins as they infiltrate the food chain, resulting in weakened avian populations and a loss of biodiversity.

Sign the petition below to demand an immediate halt to the use of harmful pesticides that imperil the survival of pollinators and birds in West Virginia.


Dear Mr. Bishop,

The intricate web of life that sustains West Virginia’s natural beauty is under grave threat, and the future of our pollinators and bird populations hangs in the balance. As concerned citizens, we cannot stand idly by while harmful pesticides wreak havoc on the very creatures that play a pivotal role in our ecosystems and food production.

The adverse consequences of the unregulated use of neonicotinoids and organophosphates are glaringly evident, with pollinators and birds suffering alarming declines. The repercussions of this devastation ripple through our environment, affecting agriculture, plant diversity, and the overall health of our ecosystems.

We implore you to exercise your authority to safeguard our environment and future generations by immediately banning the use of these harmful pesticides. By taking this crucial step, West Virginia can serve as a beacon of responsible stewardship, ensuring a healthier and more resilient ecosystem for all.


[Your Name Here]

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