Target: J. Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta
Goal: Support Switzerland in becoming the second country in the world to scrap the use of synthetic pesticides.
Switzerland will soon decide whether or not to entirely eliminate synthetic pesticides. Switzerland may be home to the world’s largest pesticide manufacturer, Syngenta, but over 140,000 people signed the referendum to divest from the industry. Thanks to direct democracy, the popular vote is expected to succeed with approximately 13 percent of Swiss farmers already using organic methods. The only other country with similar policies is Bhutan.
Grassroots organizer Etienne Kuhn launched the crowd-funded project in November, 2016. Now he’s expected to face opposition from agrochemical supporters trying to prevent legislative changes. Early advocacy will guarantee more public support as Switzerland begins its checks and balances. Industries would have to adapt within 10 years if the ruling passes. In the interim, aid Swiss citizens in phasing out synthetic pesticides by signing the petition below.
Dear Ms. Bozzi,
Switzerland could soon become the second country in the world to entirely ban synthetic pesticides. This is good news for wildlife, including bees and fish, which are threatened by these harmful chemicals. These pesticides can also pose a hazard to the reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems of humans. Removing them entirely could have innumerable benefits for Switzerland as a whole.
Ten years for industry personnel should be enough time to plan accordingly. For once in the history of science, apply the precautionary principle by banning the use of these harmful chemicals.
[Your Name Here]
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Target: Sergio Ermotti, CEO of UBS Group AG
Goal: Protect wildlife and indigenous peoples and divest from fossil fuel companies.
Indigenous-rights lawyers and representatives from the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation are calling on major international banks in Switzerland to fight alongside them as they challenge major companies responsible for creating environmentally destructive pipelines. Many of these banks, including UBS and Credit Suisse, provide financing for these corporations, which enables them to continue building on indigenous land while threatening countless species of animals.
The women-led indigenous coalition has been joined by Klimaseniorinnen, a movement of women over the age of 65 who are currently suing the Swiss government for its inaction on climate change. Together, these two groups are part of an even larger global movement that is taking action against pipeline companies like Energy Transfer Partners, Enbridge and Kinder Morgan and the banks that support them financially. According to a recent Greenpeace report, Swiss banks like UBS provide more funding for fossil fuel companies than any other European financial institution.
By funding pipeline construction and other environmentally-damaging projects, such as tar sand extraction and deep sea oil exploration, these banks are putting the entire planet’s welfare at risk. Sign this petition to demand that UBS take a stand and divest from these companies before it is too late.
Dear Mr. Ermotti.
Your bank is responsible for funding some of the world’s largest pipeline construction companies and fossil fuel corporations. By lending money to these entities, you are ensuring that the environment will continue to be degraded as indigenous peoples lose their lands and global warming accelerates worldwide. Your financial institution, along with other Swiss banks like Credit Suisse, have the opportunity to take a stand by pulling out of these projects.
Oil pipeline construction, tar sand extraction and deep sea oil exploration are all examples of how short-sighted corporations are gambling with our planet’s future. Unless these companies lose their funding, it is likely that climate risks will continue to grow. That is why we are calling on you to take responsibility and divest immediately from these companies.
[Your Name Here]
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