Petition to Save the Bees from Avaaz

Billions of bees, butterflies, and beetles… are dying off, threatening ecological collapse. Toxic agricultural pesticides are among the key culprits, but we now have a unique chance to phase them out in Europe. If we help win there, the rest of the world could follow. But to make it happen we have to drown out the voices of the industry lobby. Sign now to create a massive buzz for the bees, and share widely:
Dear friends,

Silently, the insect apocalypse keeps unfolding — billions of bees, butterflies, and other extraordinary tiny creatures are dying off, and the consequences may soon be catastrophic for our crops and fragile ecosystems worldwide.

Agricultural pesticides are among the key culprits. But now the European Union is considering a proposal to cut pesticide use by 2030 that could pave the way for a total phase-out across Europe in 15 years. As a trading superpower, the EU has enormous influence on setting global standards — and a win here could have ripple effects globally.

But first we must prevent the powerful chemical lobby from wrecking the plan. This is why we are joining an incredible coalition of environmental groups, farmers, beekeepers, and scientists to bring one million citizen voices and ensure EU institutions address our demands.

Your signature will also empower supportive parliamentarians with a massive boost of public support, so they can resist the army of lobbyists, and help save our bees and butterflies from deadly pesticides.

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.

Many Avaazers care deeply about bees and biodiversity. Over 2 million of us are calling on world leaders to protect half our planet and stop the extinction crisis, and with over 5 million signatures, our call to save the bees is one of the biggest in Avaaz history. But we won’t ultimately win these campaigns unless we transform the way we produce food. This is our chance to make sure the EU leads and other countries follow. Let’s make it happen.

With hope and determination,

Anneke, Antonia, Aloys, Adela, Luis and the whole team at Avaaz

Today is World Bee Day

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World Bee Day 2021

Did you know that May 20, 2021 is World Bee Day?

To celebrate our precious pollinators, we have put together an issue of Organic Bytes all about bees!

In this issue, you’ll learn:

• More about the lives of these amazing creatures

• All about the biggest threats to bees today, including pesticides and industrial monocrop agriculture

• How to avoid fraudulent honey and support real regenerative organic beekeepers

• Actions you can take—from the products you purchase and those you avoid, to landscape management, to national policies—to support and rebuild healthy pollinator populations

Learn more and take action through our Save the Bees campaign


Pesticides Forum:

2021 speakers include:

• Russ Henry, Bee Safe Minneapolis

• Joyce Kennedy, People & Pollinators Action Network

• Steve Ellis, Old Mill Honey Company

• Aimee Code, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Vera Krischik, PhD, Department of Entomology at the St. Paul, University of Minnesota

This year, this must-attend event is online and open to all. Donations to support the event are welcome, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The 2021 National Pesticides Forum takes place over the following days. The full program is available here.

Monday, May 24, 6:00–7:30 pm ET

Tuesday, May 25, 1:00-5:30 pm ET

Tuesday, June 1, 1:00-5:30 pm ET

Tuesday, June 8, 1:00-5:30 pm ET

Tuesday, June 15 1:00-5:30 pm ET

Register for the 2021 National Pesticides Forum