Give Bees a Chance

Keeping bee's knees campaigning up for a better future without harmful pesticides

On 16th January 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published three reports on the toxicity risk to bees of 3 neonicotinoid pesticides: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin. EFSA's conclusions are clear: neonicotinoids pose a high risk to bees, either by the presence of these in...


Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 15 - 18 April 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include emissions trading scheme, emissions from flights, airport ground handling, capping bank bonuses and increasing banking transparency, rreventing dolphin by-catch, Hungary and democratic freedoms, the fall out from the Cyprus bail-out debacle, EU enlargement progress assessed, EU Arctic policy, ship scrappage and worker protection ...

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The Arctic melt


A wake up call, NOT a business opportunity!

In 2010 the Canadian Arctic experienced its warmest year on record. at the end of 2012, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the Arctic Sea ice is at record low. Suddenly the area's resources- oil, gas, iron ore, uranium, even diamonds- have never seemed so accessible. Energy and mining companies are now descending on the north, viewing the melt as a big business opportunity.

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The Arctic melt

A wake up call, not a business opportunity!

2012 saw a record loss of Arctic sea ice in the summer. Across the globe, an enormous number of scientists & experts have warned about the unprecedented Arctic melt. For the Greens the Arctic ice melt must be a wake up call for better and faster climate action!

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7 reasons to protect the Arctic

Why we need to speak up for more protection of the top of the world

The Artic melt is a wake up call, not a business opportunity. Here is a list of 7 reasons why Europe and the rest of the world should speak up for more protection of the Arctic

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Going Tunis

Greens participate in the the World Social Forum in Tunisia

From 26th to 30th of March 2013, the World Social Forum will take place for the first time in the Arab world. Twelve years ago, the Southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre hosted this completely unprecedented event with the slogan "Another World is possible". It attracted more than 12,00...


Pollinator friendly farming is possible


A joint conference

The aim of the event is to share experience on alternatives to neonicotinoid pesticides with academics, farmers, beekeepers, policy makers, NGOs, citizens…. Scientists and field technicians are going to present their research on alternative agricultural practices to neonicotinoids. Farmers will explain how they manage the implementation of such practices and which challenges they face. Beekeepers are going to explain their challenges and opportunities when interacting with agriculture.


10 days for a pesticide-free spring!

Pesticide Action Week kicks off

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual international event open to all and aiming to promote alternatives to pesticides. It takes place from 20th to 30th March, the 10 first days of spring during which the spreading of pesticides resumes. The public is invited to get better informed about the he...


Bee decline/neonicotinoid ban

Inconclusive outcome keeps hopes alive for proposed EU neonicotinoid suspension

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - were today voted on by EU member states. The outcome of the vote in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) was inconclusive, w...


Suspension of the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides

Send a letter to your Minister

....... March 2013 Dear Minister,  I am writing to urgently request that the state of (xxx) at the very least supports the European Commission (EC) proposal for a two year suspension of the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides, when it is voted on in Brussels on 15th March 2013. You should be...


Syngenta, Lies & Pesticides

The 10 Syngenta Lies on bees and neonicotinoids

There is more than enough scientific evidence that neonicotinoids are indeed one of the factors in the decline of bee colonies and biodiversity in general. Syngenta is simply denying this.

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Bee decline/insecticide ban

Proposed suspension of neonicotinoids must be upheld by EU governments

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - are set to be decided on by EU member states on Thursday. The decision will be taken by the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH)...

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