How cool is she in her little red Italian van:-
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Today the environment minister, Owen Paterson, will be casting his vote in Europe on the future of our bees.
Please, can you help spread the word right now, and make sure that everyone is talking about the bees before he goes to vote? Owen will find it harder to vote against a ban if he knows that public opinion is completely against him.
Let’s share the petition on facebook, let’s email our friends and let’s tweet about the bees. With over 300,000 signatures so far, we can make sure the bees have an army of us looking out for them.
You can use the links below to spread the word:
It’s a long shot, Owen seems determined to do the bidding of the pesticide companies. But if we can make sure that Owen Paterson and his department are swarmed by hundreds of thousands of people demanding he votes to protect the bees, it might just be enough to change his mind.
On Friday, 38 Degrees members took part in a ‘March of the Beekeepers’ at Parliament Square. It followed on from a successful demonstration in Bulgaria which managed to persuade their Prime Minister to change his mind and vote to stop the pesticides.
The ‘March of the Beekeepers’ was hosted by 38 Degrees along with Avaaz, Buglife, Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network UK, RSPB, and the Soil Association.
Owen’s seen the strength of support on the streets outside Parliament, but let’s make sure that support is still buzzing in his ears today.
Our bees are in danger, three species of bees are already extinct and others are in rapid decline.
Strong evidence points to particular pesticides being to blame for killing them. But the environment minister recently refused to support a European vote to stop the pesticides being used.
Now we’ve got just a few weeks to change the minister’s mind before he votes again. Other countries have already banned certain pesticides that have a growing level of scientific evidence that they are killing off our bees. WE NEED BEES. They pollinate a massive amount of the food we eat….and they’re cute and furry.
Let’s show him that it’s time our government stood up to the powerful pesticide industry and took action to protect our bees.
I’ve just added my name to the petition to Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary to request that the UK government support the ban on Nerve agent pesticides (neonicotinoids) which are being blamed around the world for the sharp decline in bee numbers.
You can add your name here and we can make a difference.
Then maybe you could share it amongst your friends….
Posted by Family Affairs on 23-04-2013 in BLOG tagged with BIB / Blogging / categories / lifestyle / sections
Oh crap. I am very, very honoured to be in the list of BIB finalists 2013 , but find myself this year in yet another category that my friends and family are going to laugh about. Last year I was in the Travel section so I spent much of my time scrabbling about trying to go to places. I managed a few trips, but not enough to really warrant the hallowed title of “Travel Blogger”.
This year I find myself in the “Lifestyle” section. Which is GREAT. Because “Lifestyle” sounds fabulous don’t you think? I’m just not really sure what it means and now I’m going to have to rush around re-inventing myself yet again – and probably move to the country or at the very least get an allotment in an effort to look like I’m making the effort to actually have a lifestyle. Do you think you need loads of time to actually manicure your lifestyle? If so, I’m out of the running already.
Because. I’m not really sure that divorced mother of three can really be considered “Lifestyle” can it? Take for example today. I have been at work all day and then on the way home I did a Pilates class (so far so good). Then, on the bus home I ate a Toffee Crisp because I was about to pass out from lack of insulin or sugar or something and now I am drinking wine. I don’t even know where my children are. Hopefully in bed, but they could be out clubbing – I haven’t checked.
This isn’t really right is it.
How can I work out a way to suddenly shine in the lifestyle category?
Should I quickly get married so that I fit in to the mould (or is it mold? Ha ha, loving that spelling option) a little more easily? Or write about brazilians maybe and this strange growth hormone serum stuff I’ve heard of recently that you put on your eyelids and it makes your eyelashes grow. I kid you not – I even commented on how long a friend’s eyelashes were recently and she told me all about it and even said that her friend’s eyelashes grew so much she had to actually cut them!
Or maybe I should relax and accept that I’m in this category for a reason, because these days, perhaps it’s only David Cameron and a handful of other politicians that still want to encourage marriage through tax breaks even though society is changing before their very eyes. As Spencer Thompson of IPPR, a think tank puts it “The two parent, male breadwinner family is basically extinct”. The Economist quotes that what may be happening is that “a little like home ownership, marriage is turning into a luxury good – an ideal to which most aspire, rather than a default option. Inevitably, this means that children are often born and raised in all manner of circumstances and they are not necessarily worse off for it. Crime continues to decline, so perhaps it is time for politicians to adapt to the modern world instead of trying to change it back”.
WOOHOO. So. Based on that argument I might in fact be perfectly entitled to remain in the above mentioned category. It’s just that I’m really not sure what it means to be a lifestyle blogger. Should I talk about fashion? Beauty? Travel? Food? Sex? All of the above?
The Wikipedia definition of “Lifestyle” includes a number of definitions:-
Lifestyle (sociology), the way a person lives to one’s own ability
Lifestyle (TV channel), a defunct British television station
Lifestyle (Silkworm album), a 2000 album by the band Silkworm
Lifestyle (GR series), a weekly entertainment news show that is broadcast on Alter ChannelA
Otium, ancient Roman concept of a lifestyle
So, I think rather than go for a defunct TV station or a band called Silkworm I will write as usual for the next month whilst voting is taking place all about “the way a person lives to one’s own ability”. You can’t ask for more than that.
In the meantime……and I know it’s not going to be easy, could you please vote for me even though there are many more splendid blogs in my category?
All you have to do is click on the following link and scroll down to where it says “Vote for the 2013 BiBs now”, click on that and then add your name and email (if you don’t mind and then go to category 15, voting for others in different categories along the way of course….
HOWEVER, if you have a little more time you should check out all the others in the category and probably vote for them instead because all of them are WAY more deserving than me (although don’t think I’m going to make it easy by adding the links – I’m not that magnanimous! – do long words count for anything in lifestyle blogs or will I keep having to post photos of white sand?):-
Babes About Town
Crafts on Sea
Family Affairs and Other Matters
Margot Tries The Good Life
More Than Toast
Mother Wife Me
Mother’s Always Right
Mum in The South
Mummy Daddy Me
Older Mum in a Muddle
Tired Mummy of Two
The Purple Pumpkin Blog
The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife
What Sam Saw Today
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