This video is called Biology of the Honey Bee.
Dear friends across the Netherlands,
Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don’t just make honey — they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 75% of growing plants. But in days Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma could move to ban the toxic pesticides linked to bee death.
Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma has been asked to explain the government’s position on banning these bee-killers. So far, this just hasn’t been enough of a priority for her, but with Provincial elections about to happen, her party is under pressure. If she hears directly from enough of us now, she could be pushed to ban these chemicals before the growing season starts.
This is our opportunity to show the politician responsible for Agriculture that we really care about the bees, and we want her to take action to protect nature. Click here to send a message directly to Ms Dijksma’s office:
Bees are a humble workforce. Without their work, our food chain is at risk. But bee populations are declining rapidly – and scientists think that neonicotinoid pesticides are at least partly to blame. A partial ban at the EU has limited the use of these chemicals but it doesn’t provide total protection to our bees.
The big chemical companies want Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma to believe that her hands are tied by EU rules – but this isn’t true: we can act with precaution. So let’s flood the Secretary of State with thousands of emails to send her a clear message: that she should listen to Dutch people – not the agri-chemical industry, and ban the bee-killers:
Last year, more than 65.000 of us signed a petition to create a deafening buzz, pushing our Government to ban the bee-killers. Now let’s come together again to make sure the government implements this decision and saves our bees.With hope and determination,
Jo, Spyro, Anne, Luis and the whole Avaaz team
$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens (Business Insider)
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline (The Guardian)
Bird declines linked to popular pesticides (National Geographic)
NGOs and beekeepers take legal action to defend EU ban of bee-killing pesticides against Syngenta and Bayer (Greenpeace)
Europe to ban pesticides in an effort to protect bees (Nature.com)