The petition for a referendum on biodiversity “Save the bees” in Bavaria has shown that change is possible!

The initial situation for the petition for a referendum:

  • 54% of all bees are threatened or already extinct!
  • 73% of all butterflies have disappeared!
  • over 75% of all flying insects are no longer there!
  • in Bavaria only half as many birds live as 30 years ago!

More than 100,000 signatures were collected for the permission of the petition for a referendum. In February 2019, almost 1.8 million citizens entitled to vote registered within two weeks in Bavaria’s town halls for a change in the legislation (governing Act).

The result: As from 01.08.2019, Bavaria has a better nature protection law.

Among the greatest successes achieved by the supporting group are the hiring of 50 biodiversity advisors and 50 wildlife habitat advisors, the preservation of 10% natural forest area as a functioning network of non-utilised forests, the obligation to use water edge strips and the increase in the biotope network.

The petition for a referendum on biodiversity has shown that change is possible. It starts with us!

Can we rest on the Bavarian petition for a referendum?

Definitely not, because new dramatic figures show a decline in the diversity of arthropods by about a third in just a decade. Also the total mass of the 2700 examined species decreased, with 67% particularly strongly in grasslands, as the Spiegel reported on 30.10.2019.

The European Citizens’ Initiative “Save Bees and Farmers” demands from the European Commission an EU-wide phase-out of chemical-synthetic pesticides and a healthy smallholder agriculture that contributes to the preservation of biodiversity. In detail:

1. Phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035​
Phase out synthetic pesticides in EU agriculture by 80% by 2030, starting with the most hazardous, to become 100% pesticide free by 2035. ​

2. Restore biodiversity​
Restore natural ecosystems in agricultural areas so that farming becomes a vector of biodiversity recovery.

3. Support farmers in the transition
Reform agriculture by prioritising small scale, diverse and sustainable farming, supporting a rapid increase in agroecological and organic practice, and enabling independent farmer-based training and research into pesticide- and GMO-free farming.

To be successful, a million signatures must be collected in Europe by September 2020. Signature lists can be found on the “Save Bees and Farmers!” initiative website. You can also sign there directly.

Our commitment

We create small oases to reintroduce wild bees and other insects.
Pollination by bees is estimated at over 150 billion Euro worldwide. Around 90% of flowering plants and three quarters of our crops depend on insect pollination. (Source: Andreas H. Segerer)
We would like to invite you to design your garden or balcony with wildflowers rich in flowers and close to nature. With an area of approximately 930,000 hectares, Germany’s private gardens have great potential for creating many species-rich habitats, food and nesting sites. Imagine the worldwide potential!