According to Firends of the Earth, saving Britain’s declining bees “…is within our grasp, and the work has already begun.”
Their campaign has seen thousands of people help to convince the Government to draw up a Bee Action Plan. Sign the petition by simply CLICKING HERE!
Commenting, Cllr Darren Fower said:
“We must now make sure the plan is as ambitious as possible! This is an opportunity for all of us to become the generation that reversed the decline of Britain’s vital pollinating insects.
“Bees Minister Lord de Mauley wants your thoughts on his draft Bee Action Plan, so let’s make sure we give it to him!”
The consultation started this week and is only open for eight weeks. The plan is a step in the right direction, but to be effective it needs to be much better. The Bee Action Plan must include steps to restore bee habitats, tackle pesticide use, and help farmers switch to bee-friendly farming.
Experts from many areas are proposing practical ways to help bees, such as:
- Every park to include some habitat for pollinators
- Dedicated habitat for bees on all farms
- Helping farmers to produce and protect crops using fewer pesticides
Now we need to make sure these and other ideas become part of the Government’s Bee Action Plan. So please sign The Bee Cause petition by CLICKING HERE!
In December 2011, Cllr Darren Fower put forward a formal motion to the Tory controlled City Council in Peterborough, which requested to:
“Make this council a neonicotinoid free council; we will not use, purchase or allow the use of neonicotinoids, neonicotinoid treated seeds or neonicotinoid treated pot plants on the council’s land or within our other operations, by our staff, contractors or tenants.”
Following opposition to the idea, by the Tory administration, but faced by the hard facts, they agreed that if the motion was withdrawn, then further research into the uses of and impact that a ban on neonicotinoids would have on the Council would take place – TO DATE Darren tells us he’s received no such report! But has AGAIN sent a request for the research to be sent to him and made public!
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