The upcoming court case is more than just a European battle -- this will be seen as a test case around the world. That’s why hiring a crack team of EU hotshot lawyers is so important. Winning at the European court could mean helping to save our bees around the world. But if Bayer and Syngenta manage to overturn the EU’s ban, then there’s a good chance that we might fail to get neonics banned elsewhere.
And we're not stopping with the EU court battle. Just last week, we worked together with partners leading the fight in the US to sign on to a major advertisment in the New York Times calling on the US to act, we've taken out ads in commercial garden magazines, and taken the fight to the world's largest commercial gardening convention -- putting more and more pressure on Bayer to stop killing the bees. And we've got much, much more planned.
Right around the world, bees are dying off and the situation seems to be getting worse. In China, people are having to resort to hand pollinating. In the USA, hive after hive is collapsing. In Europe too, bees are dying off with whole hives dying in places like the UK, Poland, Switzerland and Spain. Our fight to save the bees is global but the first battle will be in Europe at the European Court.
It will be the people vs multinational corporations, the little guy versus the big guy, David vs Goliath. Bayer and Syngenta will dig deep and spend whatever is necessary to win. That’s why it’s so important we can build up a fighting fund so we can take on these corporate big boys -- and win.
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Court documents show how Bayer and Syngenta are going to try and get the ban scrapped. They will argue that there isn’t enough science to support a temporary ban. They are also going to argue that the European Commission doesn’t have the power to ban neonics. But we know on both of these counts they are wrong, but if we don’t stand up in court and say so, then there’s a real risk the court will only get one side of the argument. We can’t let that happen.
So we need to stand ready in case the court costs start to mount. Bayer and Syngenta have very deep pockets and will see the European ban on neonics as a huge threat to their profits and so will throw everything they’ve got at the upcoming court case. We need to make sure we’ve got enough firepower to fight back.
We know the fight to protect our bees from neonics is going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. Already, together we’ve achieved a lot. We came together to fight to stop Bayer pushing their disingenuous ‘we love the bees’ marketing campaign at a Chicago garden center show. Hundred of thousands of us have signed petition demanding big retailers remove neonics from their shelves. And most impressive of all together we chipped in to be able to participate in the European test case. While we can never match their near unlimited resources, being sure of our financial firepower will help us take the fight back to Bayer and Syngenta.
Can you help us with $4 to keep on fighting to save the world’s bees?
Thanks for all you do,
Martin, Paul, Johnny and the rest of us.