065: Important Actions for Protecting People and Pollinators | Green Team Academy

065: Important Actions for Protecting People and Pollinators

Pollinators are the nearly-invisible workforce that keeps our ecosystems functioning. Tune in to hear how anyone and everyone can make a difference to protect the health of people, pollinators and the web of life.


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Learning about People and Pollinators

On September 14, 2019, members of our Green Team Accelerator Lab (Lab) took a field trip to the University of Denver (DU) to learn firsthand about pollinators and how our actions can make a difference. 

Looking at pollinators

Our Lab partner, People and Pollinators Action Network, helped arrange the tour to meet with DU's Assistant Professor Julie Morris and the DU Pollinators Association (also known as Pioneers for Pollinators).  

Professor Morris taught us Pollinators 101. We discovered that pollinators are helping plants have sex, by moving pollen from one plant to the next. Along the way, they are providing essential functions to keep our ecosystems intact.

The DU Pollinators Association members also shared how they partnered with People and Pollinators Action Network to help pass the Denver Pollinator Resolution. 

People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) is a Colorado-based nonprofit is to protect pollinator and human health at the state, local and grassroots level.

View and download the PPAN profile to find out about:

  • Pollinator issues
  • PPAN initiatives
  • Creating a Pollinator-Safe Community
  • Actions you can take to protect human and pollinator health 


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BioBlitz with iNaturalist

Twice annually, DU hosts a "BioBlitz". This is a one or two-day event to catalog the biodiversity in a small area. The students use the iNaturalist app to take a photo and identify it, with the help of a community of naturalists. 

The free iNaturalist app allows anyone to identify plants and animals with the help of a community of naturalists.

Important Takeaways for Protecting People and Pollinators

Key takeaway for those who want to reduce pesticide use and help pollinators:

  • Don't lead with the "stop using pesticides" message. 
  • Instead, lead with initiatives to start community gardens or plant native and flowering species.
  • Asking people to plant flowers and stop spraying is one of the easiest gateways to build environmental awareness and empower action.
  • Use pollinator health as a stepping stone to broader environmental initiatives.
  • Once you have developed relationships and strengthened community, then move on to addressing the bigger issues of reducing pesticides, habitat loss and monocultures.
  • Work together to start Pollinator-Safe Communities and pass resolutions in your school districts, businesses and governments.
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Joan Gregerson