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To: Rt. Hon. George Eustice, Minister of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Sign the petition to make sure the Environment Bill protects Bees and Pollinators

Sign the petition to make sure the Environment Bill protects Bees and Pollinators

Please ensure bees and pollinators are protected by the Environment Bill by adopting Clause 75 - Protection of pollinators from pesticides, which was added as an amendment by the House of Lords.

Why is this important?

Pollinators are essential to a healthy countryside and agricultural production, but recent pesticide use has caused a reduction in the overwintering success of honeybee hives, has driven 40% of wild bee species from large areas of the countryside, and has contributed to butterfly declines. This ecological damage reduces pollination services and crop yields.

The current pesticide approval process does not protect pollinators. In 2010 the Government concluded that pre-approval tests for pesticides would not protect pollinators, but the UK has yet to introduce any new tests to help ensure that future pesticides are pollinator safe.

Current approval tests for pesticides only look at short term effects on Honeybees.
While the law says that pesticides that cause unacceptable harm to the environment must not be approved, if new chemicals are approved without adequate data then a blind eye is being turned.

Risk assessments of pesticides must be independent and scientific, and the public must have the opportunity to participate in this important environmental decision making. The ‘Protection of pollinators from pesticides’ clause will achieve these outcomes and help to save bees and other insects.

The Environment Bill was amended by the House of Lords to include a clause that directly protects our bees and other pollinators. Clause 75 will ensure that the long-term effects on bees and wild pollinators are carefully considered before pesticides are approved for use. We're calling on the government to adopt this clause, without the need for a vote in parliament.

How it will be delivered

Via email on 20th October, the day of the Commons vote

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Reasons for signing

  • This lot are not remotely interested in whether bees live or die, the corporations will have spent millions in lobbying the weasels in this Tory administration. You can also be sure that George Eustace and Boris will have received a nice little backhander into untraceable offshore account.

Updates

2021-10-27 17:03:18 +0100

Find out how this action for bees and pollinators was finally blocked https://www.buglife.org.uk/blog/bees-and-pesticides-drop-out-of-the-environment-bill/

2021-10-16 14:24:21 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

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20,000 signatures reached

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10,000 signatures reached

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5,000 signatures reached

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1,000 signatures reached

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500 signatures reached

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100 signatures reached

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50 signatures reached

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25 signatures reached

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10 signatures reached

2021-10-08 15:39:07 +0100

Thanks for signing this petition it would really help if you could do one more thing and email your MP ahead of the vote on 20th October https://www.buglife.org.uk/campaigns/pesticides/vote-for-bees/ to find out how to contact your MP and for a draft letter to send