Many of us have fond childhood memories of seeing butterflies, birds and hedgehogs; and flowers buzzing with bees. Sadly, these experiences are becoming less common for children today.
There is a chance, right now, to change this. You can make it happen.
The past 70 years of pesticide abuse have seen a catastrophic decline in our cherished wildlife. We already know the harm that toxic pesticides do to our bees and butterflies, but they also reduce the amount of food available for other creatures.
Hedgehog numbers have more than halved in the UK countryside since 2000, and “the use of pesticides which reduce the amount of prey available” is partly to blame.
The threat of pesticides to nature is severe.
But there is the chance, right now, to change this – and you can make it happen.
Thanks to campaigning by passionate people like you, the Government agreed in 2017 to support a full ban on bee-harming neonicotinoids. This was a huge achievement! But there is still much more to be done if we are to stop equally damaging pesticides from taking their place.
We must act urgently to break the pesticide cycle.
Thousands of organic farmers are already showing you can farm profitably without the need for synthetic pesticides. If we reduced pesticide use, you could see up to 50% more wildlife on farms. That's why organic farming is one of the vital solutions to the biodiversity crisis.
We must keep up pressure on the Government to take decisive action on pesticides, and to support farmers as they learn to farm without them.
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Your support today drives vital action that will safeguard our amazing British wildlife for generations to come.