image missingTrue Value Metrics (TVM)
Meaningful Metrics for a Smart Society
image missing Navigation ... HOME
HOME BRIEFS PROBLEMS
POSSIBILITIES
SYSTEM
OVERVIEW
PROGRESS
PERFORMANCE
STATE
CAPITALS
FLOW
ACTIVITIES
FLOW
ACTORS
EFFECTIVE
MANAGEMENT
PETER
BURGESS
SiteNav SitNav (1) SitNav (2) SitNav (3) SitNav (4) SitNav (5) SitNav (6) SitNav (7) SitNav (8)
Date: 2020-02-26 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00014655

Activism / AVAAZ
Issue ... Pollination

Before the last bee dies

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess

Before the last bee dies
Alice Jay - Avaaz Unsubscribe
8:25 AM (37 minutes ago)

to me

Dear friends,

Right now, billions of bees are dying. Already, there are nowhere near enough honeybees in the US to pollinate the crops, and in Europe beekeepers are losing at least 10% of their bees each year.

We're in the middle of an environmental holocaust that threatens all of us, because without pollination by bees, our whole food chain is under threat!

Scientists are sounding the alarm about pesticides that are toxic to bees, and say we’re using way, way more pesticides on our crops than we need. And as with oil companies and climate change, big chemical companies that sell pesticides are fighting back with dubious corporate-funded science that questions the evidence, giving politicians an excuse to delay.



But this year we could finally see a crackdown on these toxins in Europe, Canada, and the United States! -- and Avaaz has mapped a plan to make it happen:
Turn the pesticide scientists into whistleblowers to testify to officials and Ministers;
Run urgent studies to show how crops will flourish without these poisons;
Launch massive public campaigns with political champions to win the bans.
Scientific studies and global public campaigns are expensive. Avaaz may be the only crowdsourced funding model in the world able to raise enough, fast enough to fund global-scale, grassroots-supported studies into how we farm without these poisons, to decisively challenge the compromised science of big pharma. The need is urgent, and if we can't do this, it's not clear who can. Chip in what you can -- before the last bee dies:

I'LL DONATE $2 I'LL DONATE $4 I'LL DONATE $8 I'LL DONATE $16 I'LL DONATE $32 OTHER AMOUNT

We’ve funded key scientific studies already. We have the world’s largest petition for bees -- 4.4 million strong. And our global campaign helped win a moratorium on bee-killing pesticides in Europe and turn blockers like Britain to support a ban. But it still isn’t enough.

Chemical companies fund political campaigns, lean on officials, and muddy reporting on the science. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency is being gutted by Trump’s new administrator. And in Europe, the German government's recent vote to extend the license for glyphosate has companies like Bayer and Syngenta breathing a sigh of relief.

Bees are vital to life on earth -- they pollinate one in three of our bites to eat! And even studies run by pesticide companies confirm the scale of the crisis! It’s crazy that we need to pull out all the stops to fight to get these toxins banned. But this is exactly the kind of battle our movement was made for.

Chip in whatever you can now so we can all get to work:

I'LL DONATE $2 I'LL DONATE $4 I'LL DONATE $8 I'LL DONATE $16 I'LL DONATE $32 OTHER AMOUNT

The real experts -- the beekeepers and scientists -- want these deadly pesticides banned. If we all chip in we will amplify their voices, show massive public support for a ban, and stop the poison profiteers killing off this beautiful species we depend on to survive.

With hope,

Alice, Danny, Marigona, Allison, Mia, Spyro and the rest of the Avaaz team
=========================================================================
More information:

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/europe-poised-for-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides

Strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are killing bees (New Scientist) https://www.newscientist.com/article/2139197-strongest-evidence-yet-that-neonicotinoids-are-killing-bees/

Would we starve without bees? (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zg4dwmn

Attack of the bee killers: Documents show Bayer and Syngenta teamed up with farmers to get around bee-friendly regulation (Politico) https://www.politico.eu/article/europes-lost-colonies-bees-neonicotinoids/

Controversial pesticides can decimate honey bees, large study finds (Science) http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/controversial-pesticides-can-decimate-honey-bees-large-study-finds

Farms could slash pesticide use without losses (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals

Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To Bee Deaths (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/pesticide-lobby-bees_n_2980870.html

Avaaz is a 46-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; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

You became a member of the Avaaz movement and started receiving these emails when you signed 'Stop the Climate-Wrecking at Bali' on 2007-12-12 using the email address peterbnyc@gmail.com. To ensure that Avaaz messages reach your inbox, please add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book. To change your email address, language settings, or other personal information, contact us, or simply go here to unsubscribe.

To contact Avaaz, please do not reply to this email. Instead, write to us at https://www.avaaz.org/en/contact/?footer or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).



The text being discussed is available at

and

SITE COUNT<
Amazing and shiny stats
Blog Counters Reset to zero January 20, 2015
TrueValueMetrics (TVM) is an Open Source / Open Knowledge initiative. It has been funded by family and friends plus donations from well wishers who understand the importance of accountability and getting the management metrics right. TVM is a 'big idea' that has the potential to be a game changer leveling the playing field so the wealth and power is shared on a more reasonable basis between people who work for a living and those that own the economy and the levers of power. In order to be effective, it cannot be funded in the conventional way with a for profit business plan, but absolutely must remain an open access initiative.
WE WANT TO MAINTAIN AN OPEN KNOWLEDGE MODEL
A MODEST DONATION WILL HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN


The information on this website may only be used for socio-enviro-economic performance analysis, personal information, education and limited low profit purposes
Copyright © 2005-2019 Peter Burgess. All rights reserved.