Ontario’s native pollinators are critical to ensuring effective plant reproduction and maintaining healthy, thriving ecosystems. With habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change affecting pollinator health, there’s a lot at risk. Ontario Nature Youth Council member Aidan Brushett shares some tips on how you can take action to protect pollinators, starting in your own community.
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On April 19, I woke up early, and braved the busy highways of the GTA to get to a very important conference. The International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a group comprising 53 scientists from around the world, all working to study the environmental and health impacts of systemic pesticides, were presenting their research at York University.
Having been involved with the Ontario Nature Youth Council’s pollinator campaign, I was keen to learn about the issues of pesticide induced pollinator decline from this conference. Here are three things I learned at the symposium that I’d like to share.
Slacktivism is defined as “actions performed via the Internet in support of a social, political or environmental cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement.”
Sound familiar? I admit – I’ve been guilty of slacktivism.
In the digital era, when activism can often be reduced to a simple click of a mouse, Ontario Nature’s Youth Council seeks to put the ‘act’ back into activism with their 2016 Our Special Spaces events. These youth aren’t satisfied with simply signing petitions or ‘liking’ a Facebook page – they’re initiating change.
When I was in high school, I had a teacher who was very environmentally conscious and encouraged my green side. I went to high school in the early 1970’s when general interest in the environment was low. We didn’t get to do fun things like plant trees or conduct cleanups. Instead, we encouraged students to bring in their cans and bottles for recycling, as there was no such thing as a blue box then.
My experience with that teacher was transformational. I completed the Environmental Studies program at the University of Waterloo. Thirty five years later I am still working and volunteering in the environmental field.