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The world’s most used weedkiller damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found.
Previous studies have shown that pesticides such as neonicotinoids cause harm to bees, whose pollination is vital to about three-quarters of all food crops. Glyphosate, manufactured by Monsanto, targets an enzyme only found in plants and bacteria.
However, the new study shows that glyphosate damages the microbiota that honeybees need to grow and to fight off pathogens. The findings show glyphosate, the most used agricultural chemical ever, may be contributing to the global decline in bees, along with the loss of habitat.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/monsanto-weedkiller-harms-bees-research-finds

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/25/pharmaceutical-industry-donates-millions-to-both-australian-political-parties

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/26/great-barrier-reef-scientists-told-to-focus-on-projects-to-make-government-look-good

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Marvell Hall. Byron Bay. Koala Habitat disappearing.

 

Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow. Book here, it’s FREE.
BYRON RESIDENTS GROUP urges you to attend this FREE event being hosted by the Nature Conservation Council. Koalas in our Shire are threatened already and the NSW government has just made it worse for them.

“Nature in NSW is in crisis. New laws allow for devastating deforestation and broad scale land clearing of important wildlife habitat. At least 1000 species of plants and animals are facing extinction, including our iconic koala, and the destruction of their habitats is the leading threat.
As a result of these new laws, 99% of identified koala habitat on private land can be bulldozed, and a staggering 8 million hectares of forest and bushland has no protection from deforestation.
This devastation is firmly within our power to stop – join us for our Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow!
Through a conversation style presentation, Jemilah Hallinan from the EDO NSW will give an overview of what the changes to the laws mean for nature. Daisy Barham and Shirley Hall from the Nature Conservation Council will cover how we can all work together to call for stronger laws for nature – and how you can get involved.
We’ll provide some light refreshments. If you would like to contribute by bringing a dish to share – that would be most welcomed and appreciated!
This is a free community event – all welcome.”

TOMORROW NIGHT Thu. 26 July 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Marvell Hall, 37 Marvell Street. Byron Bay, NSW 2481
NB it is the end of Marvell on the eastern side of the sports fields, near Feros Care.

Dear Friends,
This is really important: one of the most deadly bee killing parasites – the varroa destructor mite – has been detected in Australia for the first time.
Thankfully officials believe the infected hive has been destroyed. But this is a wake up call. We cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to protecting our bees.
Evidence shows that neonicotinoid pesticides weaken bees’ immune systems and increase their vulnerability to the viruses spread by parasites like the varroa mite.
I’ve just signed this petition calling on the Australian Government to urgently follow the EU and introduce bans on neonicotinoids. Will you sign too and help protect our bees?

I’ve just signed this petition calling on the Australian Government to urgently follow the EU and introduce bans on neonicotinoids. Will you sign too and help protect our bees?

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The Australian Green Charter. With inserts from today’s news.

THE GREEN PARTY  CHARTER>
We live at a crucial time in history. Never before have we had so many answers to the problems that have dogged our developing world. Solutions now exist that could greatly decrease the poverty; hunger and ill-health of our fellow humans and we now have technologies to reduce and repair much of the ecological damage to our planet.

Clean air; clean water and ecological sustainability are possible. Yet this is not being achieved. World-wide; governments lack the political will to make the necessary adjustments that will bring an end to the conflict; pollution; poor health and social inequity that characterise our time.

The Greens have evolved in this climate to show a new way forward. A Green response to the ecological crisis proceeds on the basis of a respect for all life; both human and non-human. We recognise the mutual interdependence between humanity and the rest of nature and we seek to move toward an ecologically sustainable path.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/duped-at-the-dump-recycling-rort-as-the-truth-is-buried-20180219-p4z0v7.html

We seek to eradicate poverty; oppression and discrimination and to build a society underpinned by values of participatory democracy; social justice; and the respect for cultural and ecological diversity. We aim to transform the political; social and economic structures that disempower and oppress people and to develop a rich; participatory cultural life that enables the flourishing of new democratic movements for progressive change.

We believe that contesting elections is a necessary step toward the building of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society; but that it is by no means the only step. We seek to encourage and facilitate grassroots movements and community initiatives that are working towards ecological responsibility; social justice; affirmative action and global equity. We seek to avoid parochialism and to cultivate a global; ecological consciousness and a long-term perspective in order to safeguard the interests of both existing and future generations and nonhuman species. We believe Australia should play an active role in building a more co-operative world that is capable of addressing the glaring disparities in energy and resource consumption and quality of life between rich and poor. We aim to extend recognition and assistance to progressive social movements in other countries and to international institutions that are working toward these ends.

Reflecting an awareness of the interrelatedness of all ecological; social and economic processes the general principles of The Greens are:

Ecology
To ensure that human activity respects the integrity of ecosystems and does not impair biodiversity and ecological resilience of life-supporting systems.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/really-extreme-global-weather-event-leaves-scientists-aghast-20180226-p4z1q4.html

To encourage the development of a consciousness that respects the value of all life.
Democracy
To increase opportunities for public participation in political; social and economic decision making.
To break down inequalities of wealth and power which inhibit participatory democracy.
Social justice
To eradicate poverty by developing initiatives that address the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty.
To provide affirmative action to eliminate discrimination based on gender; age; race; ethnicity; class; religion; disability; sexuality; or membership of a minority group.
To introduce measures that redress the imbalance of wealth between rich and poor.
Peace
To adopt and promote the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
To develop an independent; nonaligned foreign policy and a non-nuclear; defensive; self-reliant defence policy.
An ecologically sustainable economy
To develop economic policies that will ensure greater resource and energy efficiency and development and use of environmentally sustainable technologies.
To reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and ensure sustainable use of renewable resources.
To adopt more comprehensive social; environmental and technology assessment practices.
To facilitate socially and ecologically responsible investment.
Meaningful Work
To encourage; develop and assist work that is safe; fairly paid; socially useful; personally fulfilling and not harmful to the environment.
To encourage and facilitate more flexible work arrangements (such as job sharing, part-time work, self-employment); on-going education; training and social welfare (including child-care) so that more people can engage in meaningful work.
Culture
To respect and protect ethnic; religious; racial diversity.
To recognise the cultural requirements of the original Australians and to assist in ensuring the achievement of Aboriginal land rights and self- determination.
Information
To facilitate a free flow of information between citizens and all tiers of government..
To ensure that Australians have the benefit of a locally responsible; diverse; democratically controlled and independent mass media.
Global responsibility
To promote equity between nations and peoples by:

facilitating fair trading relationships.
providing for increased development assistance and concerted international action to abolish Third World Debt
providing increased green technology transfer and skills to developing countries
opposing human rights abuses and political oppression
ensuring that Australia plays an active role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability.
Long-term future focus
To avoid action which might risk long-term or irreversible damage to the environment.
To safeguard the planet’s ecological resources and values on behalf of future generations.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/25/mass-mortality-events-animal-conservation-climate-change

So why are we not hearing anything from the local Greens on the mass poisoning of the camphor and Coral trees in our Shire?

Pesticide Action Network – UK
11 hrs · February 2018
Great initiative launched by Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance (PSBA), a campaign supported by local environment and food groups.

They are asking gardeners in Bristol who keep weeds at bay without toxic chemicals to “Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free”.

The world’s best-selling weed killer, glyphosate, is being banned by cities right across France due to concerns around its links to cancer, and by local authorities in Glastonbury and Hammersmith. Despite promising to “stop using harmful pesticides” in 2016, Bristol City Council continues to apply glyphosate without warning in streets, housing estates and other public spaces.

The PSBA is calling on householders to lead the way. Whether you have a garden, allotment or just a driveway, take the pledge and declare your outdoor space a pesticide free zone. Pledgers will be provided with resources on alternative weed control techniques, and how to safely dispose of pesticides.

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