A note from the Audubon Society of Portland:
We need your help to protect Oregon’s birds and bees!
At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the Portland City Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) on city property. This is an important step forward in protecting Portland’s wildlife! Please consider attending the hearing or emailing City Council to let them know you support the ban.
Read the full Action Alert from the Audubon Society of Portland here.
Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: City Hall | 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
Mayor Charlie Hales firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Saltzman email@example.com
Nick Fish firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Fritz email@example.com
Steve Novick firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a sample email that I wrote. Feel free to use it and customize it.
Dear Commissioner Fritz,
I’m writing to express my support for a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides on city property. Portland is know for being a leader in sustainability and environmental protection. I encourage the commission to take action as cities like Seattle, Spokane and Eugene and pass the ordinance to prohibit neonics on city property. The science is demonstrating that this class of chemicals is harming pollinators, wildlife and, like other pesticides, poses a human health risk, especially for children.
I also support including a ban or labeling requirement on horticultural plants treated with neonicotinoids and a prohibition on the sale of neonics to homeowners.
Please protect our children, water quality, wildlife and pollinators (and thus our food security) by banning neonics.
Thank you very much for your leadership on this important issue! Your work is appreciated.