Help stop Ash Dieback Disease

Ash tree in full leaf but dead twigs at the ends of branches

Photo: Forestry Commission

Our woodlands are facing their biggest threat since Dutch Elm Disease. Ash Dieback Disease has already decimated ash trees in Denmark.

Successive Government's dithering over ash dieback has resulted in it spreading to the UK. The costs of dealing with it are increasing.

Retailers stop selling bee-killing pesticides

Bee on a flower

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign has scored a major victory as three of the UK's largest hardware companies promise to stop stocking neonicotinoid chemicals.

B&Q, Wickes and Homebase have confirmed they will stop stocking the pesticides that have been linked to the decline in bee populations across the UK.

Make Europe's farms safer places to bee

White bottomed bumblebee

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

This autumn Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on rules that could make every farm in Europe more bee-friendly.

Our taxes pay for the Common Agriculture Policy. This pays farmers to plant vast areas with single crop and make heavy use of pesticides creating a "green desert" for wildlife including bees.

Stop pesticides harming bees

Bumblebee collecting necter

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Bees are in danger. There is growing evidence that pesticides harm bees' health and remove the food sources they need to survive.

The Government is putting together a new pesticides plan. The plan's first draft doesn't include any specific action to protect bees.

The Government should commit to:

Create wildflower places for bees

Bee Cause seed bomb

Thanks to you and others like you, we have reached our target of 5,000 “kisses” for the Bee Cause project. This lets us create 60 bee-friendly wild spaces across the UK.

Help make Britain bee-friendly by donating £5 today and as a thank you we’ll send you a seed bomb packed with hundreds of wildflower seeds and the nutrients to get them going.

Cut Europe's land footprint

Mechanical digger loading soil onto a lorry

Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe

Europe has one of the largest land footprints in the world because it imports massive amounts of food and other goods from the rest of the world every year. These goods, such as meat, dairy and forestry products, need large areas of land.

Europe's high levels of land consumption:

The Bee Cause

Bumblebee collecting necter

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

British bees are vital to our food supply and economy. But their numbers have declined dramatically.

Friends of the Earth are launching The Bee Cause so that together we can help save British bees.

Without bees it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to hand-pollinate their crops and that would push up our food prices.

Help protect us from pollution

chemicals pouring from a pipe into a stream

Photo: Robert Brook, Science Photo Library

The Cabinet Minister, Oliver Letwin, is considering scrapping all green safeguards and replacing them with a single 50-page document.

This would mean our protection from pollution could be dangerously simplified. He is consulting on scrapping Laws on:

Save the Mabira Forest Reserve

 Forest tree with roots growing out of the ground and joining the trunk to form an arch.

Arched tree in the Mabira Forest. Photo: S.A.Perez (Flickr)

Save Sumava National Park

Four policemen carrying a protester in forest.

Czech police carrying away a protestor. Photo: Hnutí DUHA - Přátelé Země Česká republika

Please join Friends of the Earth Czech Republic in calling on their government to abandon plans to cut down large areas of previously protected forest rich in biodiversity and home to endangered wildlife.

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