Today is World Malaria Day, and celebrities and public officials were out in force to raise awareness:

https://twitter.com/#!/ShannonElizab/status/195278356604919809

https://twitter.com/#!/DeepakChopra/status/195262180743065601

https://twitter.com/#!/SHAQ/status/194513373491232768

https://twitter.com/#!/AmbassadorRice/status/195160886221086720

https://twitter.com/#!/richardbranson/status/195158963602472962

https://twitter.com/#!/PerezHilton/status/195202981300420608

Twitter users in both Africa and the U.S. noted that the battle against malaria is most effective if bed nets and other environmentalist-sanctioned approaches are supplemented with judicious use of pesticides that kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria:

https://twitter.com/#!/VictorMayomi/status/195087122410110976

https://twitter.com/#!/joshuaculling/status/195152220776448000

https://twitter.com/#!/broadwaydad/status/195251744790421504

https://twitter.com/#!/HYImp/status/195188746939928576

https://twitter.com/#!/JohnShegun/status/195120535980609536

https://twitter.com/#!/ricgruber/status/195227406498398208

https://twitter.com/#!/Gabby_Hoffman/status/195192444357324800

Thank you, Twitter, for reminding us that pesticides are of enormous benefit to humanity. Misguided opposition to their use by U.S.-based environmentalist groups has possibly resulted in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary malaria deaths in Africa and elsewhere. If malaria eradication were truly a top concern for these celebrities, they’d trade in once-a-year P.C. platitudes for informed, reality-based solutions.