When I was a little girl, I had a ton of pets. From fish to ferrets, hamsters to gerbils, frogs to lizards, and even a chicken once, they all left this world the same way—in a box in our backyard. It was usually one of my grandfather’s old cigar boxes—though he’d already passed away himself, there were plenty around—and accompanied by a very solemn funeral, performed by myself and whichever of my playmates happened to be around that day.
Neonicotinoids get into the cell walls of the plants themselves, and therefore are transmitted back to the hive in pollen. Beekeepers protested neonicotinoids in Europe, claiming that it was killing their bees. The pesticide was then banned in the European Union, but continues to be used in Britain.
A recent expedition took place in Papua New Guinea. In the center of an extinct volcanic called Mount Bosavi, the adventure was led by top biologists from the Smithsonian Institute, London Zoo, Oxford University and a documentary film crew from the BBC. The Lost World contained within Mount Bosavi yielded several fantastic surprises. Among them; fanged frogs, giant rats, tiny parrots, a spider that drops nets on its prey, a new species of fish that grunts, and a whopping total of 47 new species of animals.
When I started out as an activist, Care2 was my hub. Though I’ve found several others since, Care2 is the one I always come back to. They have petitions—you can even create your own—helpful environmental articles, shopping resources, eCards, and a plethora of resources for both the budding and the seasoned activist.
One novel concept at Care2 that has made me visit daily, however, is its Click to Make a Difference Program. When I first joined Care2, I believe there were only three causes to click for—big cat habitat, rainforest habitat, and breast cancer. Perhaps there were one or two others.