Here’s the message from Greenpeace: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It’s time to swarm.

Bees are dying in record numbers. And yet on Monday, our government plans to side with the chemical industry and block a European ban on the pesticides killing bees.

Email environment minister Owen Paterson now and tell him to ban bee-killing pesticides – http://act.greenpeace.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=18&ea.campaign.id=20198&ea.tracking.id=email1a&utm_source=ebulletin20130424beelaunch&utm_medium=email&utm_term=bees&utm_campaign=bees .

Bees aren’t just a pleasant addition to our summer gardens. By pollinating many of our crops, they underpin the very food systems we depend on. If we don’t do something to halt their decline, farmers will have to pollinate crops by hand – currently 75% of global food crops rely on bees and other insects.

The reasons for the drop in bee numbers are complex, but one of the key factors is a group of pesticides which act on the nerve systems of bees, effectively causing them brain damage. They get disoriented, can’t find their way back to their hives and eventually die.

We’ve been campaigning in Europe for several years to protect bees from these pesticides. Only last week we dropped a massive banner on the headquarters of Syngenta who, along with Bayer, manufacture these dangerous chemicals.

We might not all be able to jump on Syngenta’s headquarters, but right now we’ve got an opportunity to be just as effective. At the moment, the environment minister – and his boss David Cameron – are pandering to the the interests of pesticide companies like Syngenta.

A huge wave of pressure will demonstrate that siding with these pesticide-makers is not only bad for bees, it’s also bad for the government’s popularity too. We need to show them that this is an issue that matters to all of us.

The more emails we get to Owen Paterson in the next 72 hours, the more chance we have of getting this ban in place.

Email the environment minister now and stop the spraying of bee-killing pesticides.

Let’s create a buzz the government can’t ignore,

James
Greenpeace UK

PS If you can get to London tomorrow (Friday) join a ‘March of the Beekeepers’ with Friends of the Earth, Environmental Justice Foundation, RSPB, 38 Degrees, Avaaz and others. Starting in Parliament Square at 10.30.