ChangeHampton is joining the Pollinator Pathway movement.
Dozens of communities across the country have established ambitious Pollinator Pathway action plans.
What is a Pollinator Pathway?
Corridors linking fragmented, ruined habitat into a restored chain of pollinator-friendly land free of pesticides with an abundance of native plants essential to the life cycles of our disappearing insects.
Why is it so important?
We are in a climate emergency. We are facing a catastrophic species collapse, a cascading loss of ecological resilience and a water crisis.
We are leaving our children a mess.
Two prime causes: habitat destruction and pesticides.
Lawns are a key culprit. They are ecological dead zones that require chemicals and an overuse of water to maintain. Chemically infused water becomes run-off into our bays. Americans use as much fertilizer on lawns as is used in agriculture. About 40-60% ends up in surface or ground-water.
Lawn irrigation consumes an eye-popping eight billion gallons of water daily. That’s Madness!
Lawn maintenance has led to ubiquitous use of leaf blowers – hazardous to human health and lethal to insects. 98% of the American honey bee are now extinct in NY state. Do we really need to kill them all before we come to our senses?
Native grasses and plants establish a healthy, porous and rich soil, good for insects, and essential for a functioning food chain and a resilient environment. They require little or no irrigation once established. Their expansive root systems retain and clean toxic run-off to preserve water quality while lawns do the exact opposite.
Across the USA, turf lawns on private and public property have replaced more than 40 million acres of vital habitat, replacing it with habitat sterile green deserts. We need to enlist this land in a project to restore and connect viable habitat.
How to Create a Pollinator Pathway:
East Hampton Town can provide wise and effective leadership by planting a native meadow/pollinator garden at town hall. It can be a model to inspire us to re-imagine our landscapes and recreate biodiversity.
How to Get There:
Promote a town-wide, public private partnership to stop our habitat destruction by reducing turf mono-culture and expanding pollinator friendly gardening.
This is not A Sacrifice!
This is an opportunity to see our lawns and gardens with new eyes. The models already exist. We are joining scores of communities who have signed on to the Pollinator Pathways Movement. Here are some of the best:
Many of these Pollinator Pathway Action plans have been commissioned and/or are supported by Preservation Land Trusts.
How to Create a Movement:
We have reached out to a wide variety of community, environmental and horticultural activists, all of whom have expressed great interest in the Pollinator Pathway Project. The models abound. Join our movement and share the good news.