Earth Day is a day when everybody tries to go “Green,” or does something to help the Earth, or to celebrate Earth! One easy way you can go “Green” is by creating awareness. For example, Have you ever thought about what is going on with pollinators, the species who help us grow crops, trees, flowers, and any plant in general. Everyday, farmers add neonicotinoids to their crops to work as pesticides and chemical fertilizers. But, these fertilizers affect the pollinators’ nervous system and causes them to get diseases. If even one pollinator is affected by this disease than the entire colony gets infected and eventually it will die. Pollinators aren’t the only things infected, these chemicals spread throughout the entire plant they are sprayed on. This means almost all our crops could be infected and we could be eating these poisonous chemicals everyday. Research shows that three-fourths of all the honey in the world is infected by neonicotinoids. You see, even telling people around the world things like this is a great way of being “Green.” This year Earth Day is on April 24th, Sunday. What are you going to do for EARTH DAY?
Siddarth, Helping Ninja, Age 11, College Wood Elementary, Carmel, IN
Science World, Current Science, Chemistry News: Bees vs. Pesticides Volume 74. No.9 March 5 2018