New MEPs have an awesome responsibility - no less than the future of the planet
by Jagoda Mu
This world oceans day (8 June), it’s time to make tourism work for our coastal nature, not destroy it.
It’s the time of year when, if we're luck enough, many of us are looking forward to a holiday at the coast. A chance to get away somewhere beautiful, see new sites, and reconnect by experiencing some of the truly wondrous nature Europe has to offer. There’s nothing better than time spent in nature to ground us and de-stress.
Dozens of activists from across Europe have protested and dropped a banner at an international road in Kresna gorge, Bulgaria, to protest against the lack of action from the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to save the key EU-protected wildlife site.
by Jagoda Mu
Europe’s prime ministers met today in Sibiu, Romania, for a largely symbolic summit intended to renew commitment on the ‘issues that really matter to people‘.
European governments and the European Union must take a lead in halting global ecological collapse, warned Friends of the Earth Europe, in reaction to a major global assessment published today.
In the wake of shocking reports of insect and wildlife decline, attention is turning on intensive farming in Europe.
Environmental organisations have appealed to the European Commission to step in and halt the illegal destruction of a key nature site in Poland.
The Polish government has overruled protests from local governments, communities and environment groups and started construction of a canal between the spectacular Vistula Lagoon and the Baltic Sea.
Over 1.7 million people have supported a campaign to make farming more nature-friendly in the Southern German state of Bavaria.
18% of the eligible citizens of Bavaria have signed a mass petition demanding bee-friendly farming – the biggest petition in the history of the Bavarian state - although the support of only 10% of the population is needed for such a petition to be legally recognised by the state government.
Europe’s nature remains in dramatic decline - facing a barrage of illegal threats even to protected sites and wildlife - meaning the EU is on track to miss its own 2020 target to stop nature loss.
Ahead of crucial debates on the financing of the Bern Convention, European NGOs have addressed a letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe urging it to ensure the financing and proper functioning of the Bern Convention – the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.