Recent studies suggest that more than 40% of insect species are declining, a third are endangered — and overall have an extinction rate eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles! These include the bumblebees, butterflies, beetles and other beautiful pollinators that sustain much of our food supply and delicate ecosystems.
Protecting wildlife habitats remains a crucial part of the fight to stop the collapse of our insect populations, but it is equally important to tackle the flood of pesticides going into our fields, parks, and playgrounds — 2.5 million tons every year! There is mounting evidence that agricultural chemicals not only cause water and soil pollution, they’re also deadly to bees and other pollinators.
But now we have a massive opportunity in Europe to push a new, pesticide-free agricultural model that allows nature and farmers to thrive in harmony. Key EU lawmakers are ready to fight for the most ambitious deal ever to transform our food and farming systems, but they need all our support.
Momentum is building to address the issue not only in Europe — the UN just published a plan to drastically reduce pesticide use ahead of international negotiations later in the year. If we help win in Europe, more countries will follow, bringing us a step closer to saving our bees and pollinators from extinction, and help small, sustainable farmers to flourish.
Join now, and share with everyone — Avaaz and our partners will make sure our voices are heard in every important meeting ahead.