|A portion of the poster Mariel created.|
Surprisingly, it wasn’t an area on Ontario Nature’s radar! It took this (now) 18-year-old youth to make it a focus of the organization.
“I’d read about bee and colony collapse disorder in books like Keeping the Bees, and about neonicitinoids and wanted to help. Staff at Ontario Nature exclaimed, “You opened our eyes,”” Mariel says.
Receiving plenty of positive feedback from the general public, the campaign consisted of getting people to sign postcards and petitions. Mariel and friends hand-delivered over 1,200-signed postcards to Queen’s Park. She also co-wrote a letter to Premier Wynne on behalf of the Youth Council, urging her government to ban the use of neonics.
The Youth Council members created a video as well.
They are working with partners to encourage Ontarians in planting pollinator gardens and native plants.