“We did it — Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!!”

“Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food — so when scientists noticed that silently, bees were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and kept on swinging until we won.”

Avaaz.org is a 21-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; the team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.

Today they reported:

“We did it — Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!!  Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!”

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers from the specialist conservation organisation Buglife, says:

“It was a close vote, but thanks to a massive mobilisation by Avaaz members, beekeepers, and others, we won! I have no doubt that the floods of phonecalls and emails to ministers, the actions in London, Brussels and Cologne, and the giant petition with 2.6 million signers made this result possible. Thank you Avaaz, and everyone who worked so hard to save bees!”

They further say:

“It’s time to celebrate this breathing space for one of the earth’s most precious and important creatures. But the EU ban is only in place for 2 years pending further review. And around the world bees continue to die from the pesticides which weaken and confuse them, as well as from loss of habitat as we plough up and build over the countryside. In Europe and across the world there’s lots of work to do to ensure sound science guides our farming and environmental policies. And we’re just the community for the job. 🙂

“With hope and happiness,

“Ricken, Iain, Joseph, Emily, Alex, Michelle, Aldine, Julien, Anne, Christoph and the rest of the Avaaz team”

For more information see the Avaaz website http://www.avaaz.org/en/