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Science  10 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6474, pp. 153
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz8636

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  • RE: A citizen who is not a scientist engaging key social concepts for sustainability

    "Any article that helps promote sustainability should be free to all as it appears to me we have some serious dilemmas in front of us and citizens wanting to promote sustainability need all the help they can get. As one might guess, I am a citizen, not a scientist. As a citizen, I have been paying attention to all the obstacles confronting the survival of native bees and those obstacles are shockingly not a part of the awareness of ordinary people, the more educated, or even "authorities" on organic gardening or agriculture. Those "authorities" (unintentionally?) recommend some practices that would destroy the nests of ground nesting (diapause) bees and other practices that prevent ground nesting bees from having any places to nest. As we know, many of the people who are gardeners or who work in agriculture are not wealthy. There are no simple answers to the problems facing the native bees or sustainability so human kind needs everyone who can contribute to sustainable solutions to be able to do so, regardless of their ability to spend $30.00 for an article. I did not work in agriculture or science. I simply became concerned about native bees last April when I noticed what was being done on top of the soil locally here in Monterey, California to preserve water, to keep down weeds, and to prevent soil erosion. Thank you for making older articles available for free"

    Nisson, G. (2016). Engage key social concepts for sustainability....

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