4,500 signatures needed in bid to save bees

FILE PHOTO:A bumblebee collects nectar from a flower, in Vina del Mar, Chile October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Friends of the Earth Malta has joined forces with 90 organisations across the European Union in a bid to collect at least one million signatures after having launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a European Union mechanism aimed at increasing direct democracy by enabling EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies. The initiative enables one million citizens of the European Union, who are nationals of at least one quarter of the member states, to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act in an area where the Member States have conferred powers onto the EU level.

In a statement, Friends of the Earth Malta explained that more than 100 be species found in the wild “are in trouble”. The decline in bees’ diversity and abundance would have an impact on how our natural world functions, including a negative impact on our food crops, the eNGO explained.

“We are facing an emergency with nature disappearing at an unprecedented rate,” FOE said. It added that more bolder steps were needed to ‘transform our agriculture, save nature and support sustainable farmers that protect our countryside’.

Friends of the Earth Malta said that the campaign stands shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers and farmworkers.

“We are demanding a just transition for farmers to support them through the switch to the pesticide-free, sustainable farming we need for our future.”

The petition may be accessed here.