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British bees can breathe a tiny sigh of relief. The Westminster government’s decided to keep its ban on bee-killing pesticides south of the Border. [1] Borders don’t mean anything to bees so this is great news for the campaign to protect them in Scotland too.
Here’s how we did it together:  
250,000 of us signed the petition to keep bee-killing pesticides off our fields. We delivered every name to government ministers last week, just before the decision was made.

Thousands of us emailed our MPs to make sure they had copies of our hard-hitting report that proved last year’s decision to lift the ban on pesticides was wrong. And we delivered it directly into the hands of the government’s expert advisors.

We caused a buzz on social media when tens of thousands of us tweeted the UK government ministers making the decision on bee-killing pesticides.

Then amazingly, almost a hundred MPs came to listen to a panel of experts at our event in Parliament last week. [5]

This shows the enormous power we have when we come together. Here in Scotland we have a great chance to go even further. Our government’s already temporarily banned the worst bee-killing pesticides. We could push the government to ban them from Scotland’s fields forever.
More than 13,500 members of 38 Degrees have already signed a petition calling on the Scottish Environment Secretary to ban these horrific chemicals permanently. Imagine the impact it will have if thousands more of us sign up. It’ll really show the newly-elected Scottish Government that we want real action – right now. Please can you take a moment to add your name?

  1. May 17, 2016 at 08:52

    It’s great news, and proof as you say of people power. I read that we can’t rest on our laurels yet though, as the producers are still pressuring the government. Vigilance is needed!

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