With spring officially underway, it seems timely that the Warren City Council voted unanimously to commit to the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
The pledge asks cities and municipalities to be stewards for monarchs and other pollinators by creating habitat for them and educating residents on how they can make a difference in their homes and communities.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, the population of monarch butterflies has declined by more than 90% in recent years. Butterflies and other pollinators like bees are important because without them, plants and trees — many which are food sources — will not produce fruit. The NWF lists 30 action items under three categories in which cities can engage as part of the pledge: communications and convening; program and demonstration gardens; and systems change.