After a grassroots campaign called for drastic changes in farming practices, the German state of Bavaria said it will pass the “save the bees” petition into law – without putting it to a referendum.
The petition launched in February to seek better protection for plant and animal species. It became the most successful petition in the region’s history, garnering 1.75 million signatures, more than 10% of voters there.
Rather than putting the petition to a referendum, Bavaria’s state premier, Markus Söder, announced it would simply be written into law, passing through parliament, reported The Guardian.
The proposal set a target for 20% of agricultural land to meet organic farming standards by 2025, before reaching 30% by 2030. In addition, 10% of greenspaces in Bavaria would have to be turned into flowering meadows, and rivers and streams better protected from pesticides and fertilizers.
Dealing with bureaucracy can be discouraging, especially when advocating for issues that deal with the existential threat of climate change. Canadians should derive hope and motivation from Bavarian’s successful grassroots movement and put their methods to practice when dealing with our own government. There is power in numbers.
Some other examples of grassroots movements for climate action:
- New York, March 2019: Stop the Williams pipeline coalition
- Quebec, November 2018: Decisive measures for climate action
- Monaco, April 2018: Protect the oceans
- Global, March 2019: Climate strike
What are some of the ways in which you plan to mobilize to demand climate action?
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