Many Wellesley residents are going pesticide-free on their lawns, and for good reason. Pesticides are poisons designed to kill insects and they are also dangerous for human health – which is why their use is meant to be limited. The US currently allows many pesticides that are banned elsewhere in the world because of their health risks. Despite the danger some houses routinely have pesticides sprayed on their grass every spring. You can see the little yellow flags warning you to keep children and pets away – in case they are poisoned. You may try to stay off of your toxic grass, but poison is still bound to get into your house, on feet, from sprays that also covered the paths and driveway, through the air, and on pets. And once inside the house away from direct sunlight pesticides can persist for months in carpets and other furnishings.
There is a better way that will save you money, and protect the health of you and your loved ones. Wellesley has not used pesticides on school grounds for over 10 years and many residents have been pesticide-free for just as long. We ask you to also try going a year without pesticides and see if you notice a difference in your lawn, and if you do whether you think it is worth the risk. The good news is 1) stopping pesticides will save you money 2) pesticides leave your body after your exposure drops 3) you can always go back to using them if you decide to.
So, make this the year you pledge not to welcome the spring with a dose of poison and an array of health warnings around your home!
Click on THIS LINK for households in Wellesley that poison-free and add your flag to the map!
The Sustainable Wellesley Calendar is chock full of events with interesting topics such as:
- Home energy savings
- Family events
- Eco landscaping
- Renewable energy,
…and much more in and around Wellesley (many thanks Sam for populating it for us!).
Check it out regularly and easily add the events to your calendar so as not to miss them.
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Do you ever catch a whiff of natural gas on your daily rounds in Wellesley? Last year, the non-profit group HEET (heetma.org) used newly available data from National Grid and Eversource to map gas leaks in the Boston area, revealing 121 leaks in Wellesley alone—and more than 3,000 in Boston. The oldest leak in Wellesley dates back to 1992. Click HERE to see a map of the leaks in Wellesley.
Want to find out more? Come hear a brief presentation by the Sustainable Energy Committee and the Natural Resources Commission to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, February 29, in the Juliani room at Town Hall at 7:00pm. At that same meeting, the NRC will also be discussing the proposal to ban plastic bags, which will be voted on at Annual Town Meeting in March. This is a public meeting—all are welcome!
Also, please consider adding the Planning Board meeting on Monday, March 7,at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall at Town Hall to your calendar to learn more about the Route 9 Enhancement Study and Plan. As the Town moves forward with input on this big state project, many residents are weighing in to make sure that the plans include consideration for improved safety for bikes and pedestrians, better lighting, existing trees, and additional landscaping. Come hear the discussion on March 7!