WebAgainstSyngenta – How to March against Syngenta online

The preparations were in full swing, flyers were already printed and posters were painted for the 6th March against Bayer & Syngenta here in Basel. We were ready to take our criticism of an inhuman and environmentally harmful agricultural model back to the streets and to call for a climate-friendly world food supply.

But then the Covid19 pandemic came and out of solidarity to all, we do not want to call for a demonstration or for actions by small groups. But our resistance and our demands remain as important and necessary as before. As long as the employees of Syngenta and Co. continue to work, the resistance against the agro-multinationals will continue. And for that we need you!

On April 25 between 2pm and 4pm (UTC +2) we will march virtually – but very real!

→ consensus for action ←

We have compiled a demo tutorial here, to ensure that our criticism does not miss its effect and that our demands become visible all together. It does not matter if you are a professional hacker, an agrobusiness influencer, or if you have no idea about computers– you can march along and it needs you and your creativity!

On April 25 from 2pm to 4pm (UTC +2), we will let Syngenta, Bayer & Co. hear our message on all of their public platforms. Whether as a rating of their apps in the App Store, as a comment in front of their headquarters on Google Maps, as a Facebook post or old school by letter – everyone can participate. We also welcome offline participation with photos of you or children’s drawings of the youngest marchers sent to us in advance. Show us what you criticize about Syngenta & Co. or what kind of agriculture you demand. Together we will bring the power of 2000 demonstrators together at #WebAgainstSyngenta!

Instructions to join in:

  1. read our consensus for action
  2. think about which channels you want to be active on (Google Account, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and if necessary create one or more accounts.
  3. you want to be creative in advance? We are also happy to receive photos of demo signs in balconies, children’s drawings or slogans painted with chalk on the street, and so forth. We will send these entries to Syngenta & Co. on the 25th. Send them to us at basel@marchagainstsyngenta.ch
  4. you can join us on the telegram chat to exchange ideas with us or other marchers and to cheer each other on.
  5. get inspired by possible posts, facts and figures about Syngenta and Bayer. Here we have prepared material for you (german & english). Self-written posts are also very welcome and in many places you can also upload pictures – the best place for a photo of your demo poster.
  6. get started – post, write, rate, comment your criticism and opinion on all channels of Syngenta & Co! Don’t forget our hashtags #WebAgainstSyngenta, #BeeResistance #StopPesticides and #SyngentaKills.

Where can I write, post or comment?

Profile: My computer is a mistery

Syngenta

  • Send us via basel@marchagainstsyngenta.ch a picture of you disguised as a bee, the protest march of your garden gnomes, a child’s drawing for healthy bees or whatever your creativity brings out.
  • Write a letter to the following address: Syngenta Crop Protection AG, P.O. Box, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland. What is your criticism of Syngenta?

Bayer

  • Write a letter to this address: Bayer AG, Crop Science Division, Alfred-Nobel-Str. 50, 40789 Monheim am Rhein, Germany. What have you always wanted to tell Bayer?
  • Send us via basel@marchagainstsyngenta.ch a picture of you disguised as a bee, the protest march of your garden gnomes, a child’s drawing for healthy bees or whatever your creativity brings out.
  • By mail to info@bayercropscience.com.
  • Directly on their website with the contact form.

Profile: Familiar with Facebook, Twitter & co.

Syngenta

  • As a post, comment, or rating on Facebook. For this you need a Facebook account.
  • As a tweet on Twitter. Just mention @Syngenta in your tweet. Attention: Do not forget the „@“. This will mark your profile and make your tweet visible to Bayer. For this you need a Twitter account.
  • On the Instagram profile of Syngenta Germany. For this you need an Instagram account. Can you find other Syngenta profiles?
  • As a comment under their YouTube videos. Who can comment on all their videos?

Bayer

  • As a post, rating, or comment on Facebook. For this you need a Facebook account.
  • As a tweet on Twitter. Just mention @Bayer4Crops or @Bayer4CropsEU in your tweet. Attention: Do not forget the „@“. This will mark your profile and make your tweet visible for Bayer. For this you need a Twitter account.
  • As a comment on the Instagram profile of Bayer Crop Science. For this you need an Instagram account.
  • As a comment on their YouTube videos. Which video contains the most greenwashing?

Profile: Digital Native

Syngenta

  • As a review on Google Maps. All you need is a Google account meaning a Gmail address. Maybe you will find other Syngenta locations?
  • As a review of their apps in the Google Play Store or the App Store. You need an Apple ID and must have downloaded iTunes or have a Google Account.
  • As a comment to a Syngenta contribution on the business platform Linkedin. For this you need a LinkedIn account.

Bayer

  • As a review on Google Maps. All you need is a Google account, meaning, a Gmail address. There are many more Bayer locations waiting for your review or photo upload. Just enter „Bayer Crop Science“ in the search window of Google Maps.
  • As a rating of their apps in the Google Play Store or the App Store. You need an Apple ID and must have downloaded iTunes or have a Google Account.

Of course, you can also post your criticism on channels or platforms that are not listed above. Further, it has already come to our attention that besides Syngenta and Bayer, there are also more agro-industrial corporations which use the industrial agriculture to fuel biodiversity loss, human rights violations and the climate crisis, threaten global food security and stand in the way to a sustainable, agro-ecological future…

So take your responsibility and get involved in the first digital March 2020 against Bayer, Syngenta and Co. Let’s stand together for a fair and ecological agriculture!

If you have a question or need help, you can reach us by mail or by direct message on our social media channels.


March against Bayer & Syngenta – action consensus

The action consensus is a binding framework for the March against Bayer & Syngenta online action.

The consensus on action is the prerequisite for bringing our protest to the public so that our criticism and our wishes are addressed appropriately and will be heard by the people, companies and institutions.

All those who agree with this consensus are invited to take part. On April 25, 2020, we want to be a mass of people who call out and criticize the exploitative, destructive behaviour of the actors of capitalist industrial agriculture. This will happen through campaigns in virtual space.

With this, we aim to send a signal against a system that drives people (further) into dependency, poisons the environment and people, causes biodiversity loss and is one of the decisive causes of global warming and its dramatic consequences.

Our form of action is an openly announced online campaign with a wide range of participation possibilities.

Our rally wants to convey an image of diversity, creativity, and openness. Our actions are not directed against employees of the criticized companies, but against the corporations and the entire capitalistic agricultural system with all its consequences. We want to clearly distinguish ourselves from comments by „angry citizens“ and therefore refrain from verbal violence (the Internet never forgets!). We have a clear criticism and can objectively justify it.

Our message must be truthful, understandable, and personal. The truth is essential in this age of fake news. We focus on the facts. On our website, you can find a small collection of material that can be used for the online campaign (the facts are bad enough, there is no need to lie about them).

We are aware that we can be identified by our IP addresses. Whenever possible, we use a VPN and/or the Tor browser to surf the web. Whenever possible, we communicate through encrypted channels and keep sensitive information, such as passwords, to ourselves. We ask ourselves whether we want to comment, post and write anonymously or whether we want to use personal accounts and profiles with our own personal reach.

We firmly oppose homophobic, nationalistic, racist or other reactionary attitudes and attempts to misuse this platform for such purposes.

We are in solidarity with all those who resist the destruction of our planet and its social and ecological consequences.


Not in our name, Basel! (- Open letter –)

– Open letter –
to the government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and the parties in the Grand Council
Not in our name, Basel!

By ousting the demonstrations against Syngenta from the city centre, Basel is actively protecting the harmful agrochemical industry.  In this open letter we express our indignation and urge the Basel government to shoulder its responsibility for the role played by Basel-based corporations in the world.  Basel lives at the expense of others and ignores the associated global exploitation and human rights violations.  The Syngenta business model, which contributes to the over-exploitation of human, animal and natural resources worldwide, is a particularly good example of this imperial way of life.

The canton of Basel-Stadt decided to banish the broad-based “March against Monsanto and Syngenta” from the city centre.  The March is supported by about 60 organizations and parties and mobilizes thousands of people each year (www.marchagainstsyngenta.ch). This submissive decision is, however, just another classic example of a masterly achievement of profiteer Basel in the global system:  the total marginalization of the global consequences of our corporations’ business models and our way of life.


MARCH AGAINST SYNGENTA.  Revealing Monsanto’s Twin from Switzerland

The Swiss NGO alliance MultiWatch has collected a lot of information about the agrochemical multinational Syngenta. The English translation of “March against Syngenta. Revealing Monsanto’s Twin from Switzerland” is now available as an eBook by the Swiss edition-8 in Amazon Kindle Store and other digital bookstores.

More information can be found here.


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