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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 08/01/2011 | 1 Comment

Yesterday  morning I received in my email inbox a message from Avaaz asking me to sign a petition about bees. Avaaz is an organisation which attempts to get ordinary folk involved in global issues by bringing matters to their attention and asking them to give their support to a petition. In this case the petition is to US and EU decision-makers urging them to ban neonicotinoid pesticides as a precaution as there is reason to believe that these pesticides are part of the problem of colony collapse.  In Europe there is particular concern that the EU rely on advice from a committee which includes representatives of the companies making the pesticides. Like many people I am alarmed when I read about the worrying extinction of some bee species and their dramatic decline in numbers since bees play such an important part in food production. I am a great believer that when the costs are high, we should always adopt a precautionary principle with chemical substances until we are certain that there is not danger. Without hesitation I clicked to add my name to the petition.

What then amazed me was seeing the power of the web in action. I added my name and then in the space of the few minutes that I watched I saw that people from right round the world were doing likewise – folk in Africa, America, Canada, Asia, Australia and the whole range of European countries.  In the space of five minutes the total number of signatories rose by 1500.  If you are unconvinced of the power of the web to give people the information and tools to lobby decision makers and destroy the reputation of companies then take a look at this as it is truly impressive. At the time of writing 351,728 people had added their names in less than 24 hours.

You could also add your name while you are there ...

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Marilyn Hamilton
Joined: 10/01/2011

Comment Posted: 10/01/2011 07:47
I was especially intrigued with the double irony of the social media supporting bees -- a social insect that is the most advanced species of the invertebrates. Their demise may have multiple causes - but I heartily endorse your invocation of the precautionary principle. As supposedly the most advance species of the invertebrates, Homo Sapiens Sapiens has much to learn from Apis Mellifera (the honey bee) about the principles of living with resilience in our Human Hives. It will turn out to be cruelly ironic if our technology destroys their biolody which thereby threatens our survival. What goes around comes around on our planet Gaia. Evolutionary intelligences are the ultimate source of our wellbeing (and thus our confidence). Thanks Carol for your vote for the buzz of LIFE!!
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