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If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years ALL LIFE ON EARTH WOULD END……..

If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years ALL FORMS OF LIFE WOULD FLOURISH!!!

A terrifying study has found that the exact same pesticides that are a key culprit in the massive global bee die-off are now killing birds as well.

The study finds that neonic pesticides are killing warblers, swallows, starlings and thrushes nearly as fast as the bees — at current rates, 35 percent of the bird population could disappear in just 10 years in the areas studied.

Our efforts are gaining momentum. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members helped win a landmark EU-wide ban on toxic neonics.

But Bayer — one of the biggest producers of these deadly pesticides — has an army of lawyers and million-dollar lobbyists trying to overturn Europe’s ban. The only way we can win is if we all fight back together. Can you help in any way so that we can keep up the fight to protect the bees?

For years, beekeepers have been warning about the frightening decline in bee populations. The culprit: a class of pesticides manufactured by Bayer and others called neonicotinoids (or neonics).

Neonics aren’t supposed to harm birds in the amounts being used, but it turns out that they’re building up in the environment to levels that are poisonous for birds. We need to get these toxic pesticides off the market before they cause a new ‘silent spring’ — and our efforts are gaining momentum.

That’s why we’re fighting to ban neonics once and for all. SumOfUs members around the world, are chipping in to fund legal cases to help defend Europe’s neonics ban from a Bayer appeal. Our activist beekeepers and campaigners have spoken out at Bayer’s annual shareholder meetings to pressure the company directly, as well as some of the largest garden retailers in the world. And it’s starting to work — we recently got home improvement chain Lowe’s to drop neonics from its stores worldwide.

But no one can be sure how long the bees and birds can survive the onslaught of toxic pesticides, so we have to do more while we still can. Giving monthly is the best way to help, because it lets us plan for the future and be ready for whatever Bayer throws at us. Can you make a monthly donation to help keep up the fight to ban the toxic pesticides killing bees — and now birds as well?

Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Rebecca and the team at SumOfUs

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