Netherlands: Time to save the bees!
To Minister Schouten:
As concerned citizens we call on you to protect the bees and vote for a full ban on neonicotinoids when EU nation states meet in March. You have signed the National Bees Strategy, you call yourself the Dutch Queen of Bees, you are a firm and decisive politician. Bees and citizens are counting on you!
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Red alert for 360 wild bee species in the Netherlands. Research shows that the insect population has decreased by 75% in only 27 years. And it’s not just about disappearance of food and nesting space: the agricultural use of pesticides -- neonicotinoids -- plays a crucial role.
Last week, the European Food Safety Authority confirmed that these neonics are a serious risk for bees -- and later this month, the EU will vote on a complete ban of these bee-killing pesticides. The Netherlands hasn’t taken a position yet, and that needs to change!
Several countries have pledged to support a full ban, but it’s not enough yet -- a YES from the Netherlands could swing the vote. Let’s call on Minister Schouten to get behind the ban -- add your name and share with everyone.
This petition was originally created on the Avaaz community petition site