Pollen collector – by kind permission of Jan Sheppard.
On April 29, with, for the second time, no majority among environment ministers to ban them, the European Commission took the decision to impose a moratorium on three neonicotinoid pesticides.
The rally on April 26 saw campaigners from Avaaz, Buglife, Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network UK, RSPB, and the Soil Association turn up in Westminster to show the environment minister how important the protection of our bees is to us.
A small group of 38 Degrees members delivered the 250,000-strong petition direct to Owen Paterson, our environment minister.
Here are some media reports of the bees’ story, courtesy of Avaaz:
EU bans pesticides over bee fears (Reuters)
Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban (The Guardian)
Save the bees: Protesters swarm around Parliament in support of pesticides ban (Mirror)
Historic vote to ban neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for huge decline in bees (The Independent)
EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline (Al Jazeera)
European Union imposes ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths (RFI)
EU to ban bee-killing pesticides (EU Observer)
By kind permission of Greenpeace: