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Apr 24th, 2013

Bees Petition Hand in at DEFRA

By Robin Priestley

A mountain of evidence turns up at the department for the environment to hand in our petition to save the bees.

The petition to save the bees has now reached over 1/4 million signatures! This morning, a 38 Degrees “Mountain of Evidence” went down to DEFRA (The department for environment, food and rural affairs) along with Vanessa from Buglife to hand in the petition.

Armed with hundreds of thousands of names and a mountain of peer reviewed science, we wanted to meet with Owen Paterson, the environment minister.  We wanted to show him that by refusing to support a ban on the pesticides that are being blamed for killing our bees, he’s not only going against public opinion, but science too.

Alas Owen didn’t come out to meet us, so the mountain of evidence was left asking why Owen was ignoring it.

Watch a video of the mountain delivering the petition here:

This Friday 38 Degrees are hosting a “March of the Beekeepers” along with Avaaz, Buglife, Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network UK, RSPB & Soil Association.

Join us at 10:30am in Parliament Square.  RSVP to the facebook event here.

Dress as a beekeeper or even a bee! Bring bee pollinated fruit and veg and a smile! Let’s show our minister how deep public concern is over the fate of our bees.

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