• Petitioned David Cameron

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Owen Paterson to change stance or David Cameron to change DEFRA Secretary

    1. Petition by

      Amanda Williams

      Holywell, www.buzzaboutbees.net, United Kingdom

David Cameron promised the British people ‘The Greenest Government Ever’. Yet we currently have Owen Paterson as DEFRA Secretary, who:
- It is reported will vote against proposed EU restrictions to the use of just 3 neonicotinoids, to ensure they are not used on crops attractive to bees(1). This is despite independent investigation into regulatory test standards and evidence from EFSA concluding that these chemicals put bees at risk.
- Has ignored the scientific evidence on badgers and TB, and plans to proceed with the cull, despite public opposition, and the fact the government’s own chief scientist has refused to back the killings(2).
- Has backed fracking despite widespread UK and overseas concern for the potential hazards of fracking (3)

We call on David Cameron to either ensure Owen Paterson revises his stance on these issues, and henceforth adapts a stance conducive to the election promise to be “The Greenest Government Ever”, or he should select a new Defra Secretary.

(1)http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/government-to-ignore-european-ban-on-neonicotinoid-pesticides-8483916.html
(2) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/13/badger-cull-mindless
(3) Examples can be seen at: http://frack-off.org.uk/resources/science-and-data/

UPDATE: MARCH 26TH 2013

- Thanks to Paterson and his team, the UK failed to support the proposed EU restrictions to just 3 of the neonicotinoids - even when the NFU admit the regulatory system was not designed to assess systemic pesticides, and 71% of the British people support a ban:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/15/bee-harming-pesticides-escape-european-ban

- On receiving 80,000 emails expressing concern regarding bees and neonicotinoids, Paterson labelled it a 'Cyber Attack': http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9940849/Owen-Paterson-calls-for-email-block-after-bee-cyberattack.html

- The badger cull is to go ahead despite opposition: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/wildlife/article3701067.ece

- Fracking companies are to be given generous tax breaks: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/20/budget-2013-george-osborne-shale-gas-boom

To:
David Cameron
Owen Paterson to change stance or David Cameron to change DEFRA Secretary

Sincerely,
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    • Claire Mellish SURBITON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      to say nothing of his dangerous offsetting plans for green spaces

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    • Nigel Hiley SAXMUNDHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      I want an environment secretary who can look impartially at the arguments for and against e.g. Neonicotinoids, GMAIL foods and reach a rational decision. Our current one fails this test.

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    • Dan Daniell BRIDPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      Owen Paterson is completely unsuitable as environment secretary.

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    • Jane Brown BALLINTRA, CO. DONEGAL, IRELAND
      • 7 months ago

      This government needs to adhere to the will of the people. The unpopularity and lack of scientific evidence regarding this issue couldn't be more apparent.

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    • David Le Brocquy LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Save the Planet!

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