Saving the bees is a big job – but taking action is easy and absolutely everyone can make a difference! There are many things you can do to help to save the bees and I will mention few of them farther on. Before I talk about solutions, however, let’s learn more about the bees importance and the problem with bees extinction.
Why are bees so important?
Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for one in every three bites of food you eat. Bees are essential to life in Earth. They transfer pollen from the male parts to the female parts of flowers. Without this process, many garden plants would not be pollinated and so would fail to produce the fruits, vegetables and flowers. Honey bees perform about 80% of all pollination. This basically means, that around 80% of the food we eat comes from crops that have been pollinated by bees.
Single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day! Those hard-working insects have to visit 2 million of flowers to collect 454 g of honey!
Since ancient times many civilisations appreciate bees and honey plays an important role in many religious. For instance, the kingdom of Sparta in Ancient Greece took ideas from bee colonies, especially regarding discipline, organisation and administration. The Bible, ancient Hinduism or prophet Hazard Mohammad mention honey and bees as well due to their medicinal and dietary importance.
Why are bees in danger of extinction?
Bees are officially on the extinction list. Unfortunately, a deadly mix of pesticides, parasites, and climate change have put bee populations in crisis around the world. Since the 1990s, beekeepers have noted a sharp and astonishing decline in bee populations. Industrial agriculture methods, parasites, and climate change are killing off bees in droves, and the widespread use of bee-harming pesticides are particular threats to honeybees and wild pollinators. Without them, feeding the world’s growing population will be nearly impossible. It’s time to ban these damaging pesticides and protect vital pollinators.
How can I help to save the bees?
Each one of us can help to save the bees. If you are wandering how can you contribute, here are few ideas to save the bees.
Plant a bee-friendly garden
Have you noticed the modern gardens have mostly lawns? Where are the flowers gone? Having your own garden or flower beds, you can help the bees by planting flowers. Plant flowers with single top – double top flowers have less nectar. Avoid hybridized flowers which almost don’t have pollen – basically the more natural you go, the better. It’s very important that you only use natural pesticides and fertilizers in your garden.
If you have no garden, you can volunteer in your city to advocate sensible limits to development. Little gardens do not need a lot of space. Balconies, street corners or flowers along roadways and other public areas count and can be a great contribution.
Support local bee-keepers
Buying local products and vegetables from eco-farming increases sustainability. You can support local bee-keepers by buying their products. Remember, that bees make not only honey, but you can replace commercial cosmetics with locally made beeswax productions. Many beekeepers use products from their hives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles. Honey and propolis are the great remedies for a cold as well as strengthening your immune system.
Sign a petition
There were several petitions to ban bee-killing pesticides in different parts of the world. I like to check open petitions from time to time on change but please do a research about your country in particular. Greenpeace also runs a campaign about saving the bees, which you can sign on the sos – bees site.
Become a bee-keeper
Everyone of us can become a bee keeper. I have been telling you about my Plan Bee, but this term was already used for developing the bee keeping. The Bee keeping does not require land since hives can be placed on the roof. It is something that everyone can do in the leisure time, simultaneously, it can generate additional income for the family and significantly improve nutrition. A typical hive will produce around 12-15 kg or more honey each year.
Sponsor a bee-hive
If you don’t wish to be a bee keeper, you can buy a box hive for a family in poor country, through good gifts website or donate $60 to Hunger Free World in Bangladesh to raise the income levels in rural areas through bee keeping and honey extracting.
Buy a bee-gift from Time Travel Bee
Because I am a Bee, I am trying to promote bee-keeping and saving the bees actions. I decided to make these cute bees earrings – it’s one of my home made productions. This is my pledge to donate 50 % percent from the purchase to Greenpaece project concerning saving the bees. Bee earrings cost 15 $ and to get them just drop me a message to discuss where and when to send them. I make them from modeline-clay and the handles are hypoallergic.
How can you help to save the bees while traveling?
Supporting local bee-keepers and helping the bees is possible also when you travel. In order to save the bees we need to make a positive contribution on climate change. Each choice we make can make a difference. Being eco-traveler, remember buying food from local markets and producers, try to stay in eco-positive hotels and whenever possible use eco-tours and other eco-initiatives. I am a big fan of slow travel and living like a local while traveling, which makes a positive contribution in the climate changes.
Another great way to generate positive impact while traveling is volunteering for the eco-friendly initiatives. Pick an organic farm to volunteer in or local organisation supporting bee-keepers. Keep always in mind that by making small steps we can make a big difference all together!
“See the change you want to be in the world!”