is a statewide network of individuals, communities, organizations, native plant experts, and researchers working to protect pollinators across the Commonwealth.
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UPDATE 7-22-22! We have great news – the final MA Climate Bill has a provision to revive the state’s pollinator-friendly solar program!
The Mass Pollinator Network has been calling for the reinstatement of this program since January and we are glad to see that the Climate Bill headed to Gov. Baker’s desk will do just that. We thank Senators Comerford and Creem for making this a priority issue and we thank all of you for taking time to make calls and write letters over these last months!
Final Push for Priority Legislation in MA
The legislativesession will be over soon! Will you contact your legislatorstoday to make sure that other priority bills for the Massachusetts Pollinator Network make it to the legislature for a vote?
These bills are:
H.4603, An Act to Protect Pollinator Habitat. This bill, introduced by Rep. Keefe, would create a commission to study how the state can expand and enhance pollinator habitat across the Commonwealth. It is currently with House Ways and Means. View (and share) this info sheet from Mass Audubon. And click here to read a letter to supporters from Rep. Keefe!
[Update 7-22-22: We did it! This has been included in the final bill!] Section 48 of the Climate Bill (S.2842), introduced by Sen. Comerford, would revive the state’s pollinator-friendly program, which was wrongfully terminated by the Department of Public Utilities earlier this year. This bill is in Conference Committee where House and Senate versions are being reconciled. We want to ensure Section 48 is in the final bill!
H.926, Rep. Gentile’s “Schoolchildren Bill”, would set a high standard for pest control on school and daycare properties, allowing only products deemed “minimum risk” or approved for organic use unless a waiver is sought and granted. This bill has been stuck on “Orders of the Day”; we want the House to take it up for a vote!
H.4600, An Act Relative to Pesticides. Championed by Rep. Hawkins, this bill would modernize pesticide reporting in MA. It passed the House earlier this month; we are asking the Senate to take up the bill before the end of the session. Click here to see (and share!) an info sheet.
Options for taking action:
Phone calls have the highest impact. This is the best way to get the attention of your legislators! You can find your legislators‘ contact info *here* and a sample call script *here* and *here*.
Send a customized email to your legislators in support of these bills from your own email account. We have template emails available for H.4603 and Section 48 of S.2842, linked here.
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You can donate to our organizing, adovocacy, and education work via our RallyUp page.
We couldn’t do this work without your support!
Pollinators face many challenges, from habitat loss to pesticides, but there is a groundswell of public interest in protecting their populations and the ecosystem services they provide. The mission of the MA Pollinator Network (MAPN) is to expand pollinator habitat and reduce the use of pesticides through creation of a statewide network that connects and supports the growing number of individuals, communities, organizations, and research groups working to protect pollination systems across the Commonwealth.
Toward these broader objectives, MAPN will:
strengthen existing partnerships and facilitate new collaborations to accomplish shared goals;
provide the public, including activists and advocates, with the resources they need to succeed in their efforts;
promote native plants, especially those needed by at-risk native pollinators;
work with professionals in plant cultivation, landscaping, and nurseries to increase the availability of native plants;
advocate for local, state, and national policy reforms that protect and enhance biodiversity, including critical pesticide reform legislation;
engage in public education and outreach to raise awareness about the individual and collective actions that will promote healthy and diverse pollinator populations.
Together, we will protect and expand pollinator habitats and reduce the use of biocides in landscapes across the Commonwealth!