Save Our Bees

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I don’t usually post on campaigns etc. I’m not a militant person, but this one is important. There are problems with our bees not only here in England, but in other parts of the world too. Without bees we are lost, it’s as simple as that. Lots of research has been done and I’m not going into that here, but I wanted to ask you to sign the petition as outlined in the following message from 38 degrees. It is going to be put into No. 10 Downing Street this week and it is asking the government to ban the use of pesticides, which are having a detrimental effect on our wildlife.

There is also a march on Friday, but I can’t go to that. I am looking after my grandson. I will be there in spirit. If you aren’t doing anything on Friday and you feel so inclined, please go for me and for the bees.

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Dear Stella,With just 6 days to go before the big European vote on bee killer pesticides, there’s been some breaking news.

Bulgaria had been lining up alongside the UK to block a ban on these pesticides. But yesterday, after beekeepers from across the nation marched through the capital, Bulgaria’s minister for agriculture, Ivan Stankov, changed his mind. Bulgaria will now vote for a ban. [1]

We need Owen Paterson, our own environment minister, to follow suit.

So, this Friday 38 Degrees is teaming up with a whole host of other organisations to march on parliament and stage our very own March of the Beekeepers. [2]

Can you come along to the demonstration?

38 Degrees members will be meeting at:
10:30am this Friday 26th April
The statue of Churchill in Parliament Square, London.

You don’t have to be a beekeeper! You can come dressed as one, or as a bee or just come as yourself: bring fruit, flowers, friends and big smiles.

We’re joining forces with Avaaz, Buglife, Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network UK, RSPB, and the Soil Association to show the environment minister how important the protection of our bees is to us.

Are you able to come along on Friday? Obviously not everyone will be able to make it. A small group of 38 Degrees members will be delivering the 250,000-strong petition – which includes your signature – direct to Owen Paterson tomorrow. So you will be there in spirit either way. Together we’ll keep up the pressure.

Thanks for being involved,

Megan, Robin, Maddy & the 38 Degrees team

PS: Sharing is caring:
Facebook: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-facebook
Twitter: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-twitter

PPS: Can you make it on Friday, or know others who might be able to? Join and share the event on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/events/189927744489383/ 

NOTES:
[1] Novinite: Bulgaria to back EU Moratorium on Bee-Harming Neonicotinoids:
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=149773 
[2] Environmental Justice Foundation: March of the Beekeepers:
http://ejfoundation.org/bees/march_of_the_beekeepers

5 thoughts on “Save Our Bees

  1. Thanks for all the information, Star. I of course will not be in the demonstration, but I will go and check out those links. It’s extremely important that the bees are protected.

    • Yes please do write a Blog on it Loren. We need to look at all angles to get the truth. My ex-h, who was a research chemist until he retired, says that pesticides are tested thoroughly before they are put on the market for general use and that is true, of course. However, I preferred it when the fields were full of poppies and other wild flowers, which the bees and butterflies enjoyed. His argument is that the use of pesticides has increased the amount of food production and that without them, we would not have enough to eat. There is truth in both arguments but I think we could all eat a little less and waste less and then there might be enough to go round and the bees and butterflies could eat too.
      There are other reasons for the decline in the bee population – that mite for instance, but there is definitely something wrong and we need to find out what it is before it’s too late.

  2. Pingback: Bees, and why you need to care about them | FutureWorld

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