Local Girl Advocating for Bees

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.

A Burlington advocate is fighting to save Vermont’s bee population.

Zoe Hecht is stopping at nothing to save Vermont’s bee population.

Reminding all of us, age holds no restrictions on standing up for what you believe in.

Zoe Hecht is your typical twelve year old, and attending the sixth grade at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington.

“I knew how important the bees were, we learned about that in kindergarten even.” Said Zoe.

While attending Eden Village summer camp in New York, she was shocked to learn about the decline in bees.

She knew something had to be done to help. 

“I pulled out my computer, and I just Googled everything. I did so much research I became kind of obsessed.” Said Zoe.

Hard working is just one of Zoe’s characteristics, according to teacher Chris Mohlman. 

Mohlman says, “She is not only just incredibly diligent with her work, everything is always done very thoroughly. She is also a very passionate student.”

Zoe took her passion all the way to state leaders.

Introducing the concept of banning neonics a type of pesticide to Burlington Representative Chris Pearson.

Pearson says, “She knows some details that are very informative and she obviously cares. I think for us in the legislature, you look at her know she is a sixth grader. You can’t help but think this is out future.”

With Zoe’s help Pearson introduced house bill 2-3-6, which would bring an end to neonicotinoids in Vermont.

Zoe says, “It would basically ban this pesticide. The application and use of the pesticide and the sales of it in the state of Vermont.”

Pearson even had Zoe testify in front of the Committee on Agriculture.

Zoe has advice for other kids who want to become advocates.

“I would recommend keep working at what ever your cause is, and don’t give up.” Said Zoe. 

Zoe’s concern has started many conversations in Montpelier, which lead to a pollinator protection committee.

Though the bill hasn’t moved forward, she remain hopeful more progress will be made in the coming months.

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