MPs create a buzz and back our bees

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A quick update on the Bee Cause campaign. A total of 125 MPs showed their support for halting bee decline by  posing with a giant cuddly bee and sign saying ‘Britain needs its bees’ at the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party politicians all backed the Friends of the Earth campaign, including the Tory MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant (below). They learnt that the amount of honey produced by UK bees fell by 72% in 2012 compared with the previous year.

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The campaign is calling for a National Bee Action Plan to tackle the major threats facing British bees and you can give your support by signing an online petition.

Friends of the Earth’s Nature Campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: “It’s a very welcome first step to see so many MPs recognise the importance of bees to our farmers, food prices and countryside. But they must now act urgently to halt bee decline. The effect of letting bees go the same way as ash trees would be catastrophic.”

 

4 responses to “MPs create a buzz and back our bees

  1. Great initiative and it’s good to see it gaining momentum. I like comparing the plilght of bees to that of ash trees – everyone has been horrified to watch that happen. Bees are too tiny for people to notice as they decline but an ash tree makes a great visual.

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