Save the Bees.
A few years ago, my lavender bushes used to be swarming with bees. But now it is bee-less. This disappearance is a wake-up call to everyone. Without the bees, the world will not survive as we know it.
Bees have been declared The Most Important Living Being on Earth. They are now on the endangered species list! What have we done?
The disappearance of bees is real. Time to get active. Think Global. Act Local. Stop using pesticides and herbicides, especially neonicotinoids. Eat organic. Better for you, better for farmers, and better for the environment. Sure it might cost a little more. But when it comes to food, consider higher quality and lower quantity. The majority of the western world could eat less to abate the obesity epidemic.
Other factors, besides chemicals, that negatively affect pollinators are drought related to global warming, habitat destruction, lack of food, air pollution, and disease.
With all of these factors happening at once, our bees are overwhelmed. Like all living beings, the weaken bees become more sustainable to disease and death.
Here is how to help save our pollinators
- Plant organic plants that attract bees.
- Make your yard a pesticide/herbicide-free zone.
- Buy organic.
- Support sustainability initiatives.
- Become an Activist in your local area. Call or write to your mayor’s office to suggest organic green spaces and allow residents to keep beehives.
- Become a beekeeper. Keep your own hives. Bonus: free authentic honey.
- Support Honeybee research at the University of California, Davis by adopting a honey bee (Projecthoneybees.com).
- Live sustainability.
- Reduce fossil fuel consumption.
Since writing this, some of my bees have come back!