Can you imagine going to the grocery store and realize there are no vegetables or fruits and half of the food is gone? Well, that can become a reality if the bees go extinct. Bees have very important roles in our ecosystem, they play a big part in our lives and we need bees. World Bee Day let us take a look at the importance of bees and why we need to save and protect them from extinction. Let’s learn more about this important day, World Bee Day.
We need Bees!
First off, bees are very important, they have a huge role in our environment and our everyday life. Bees are pollinators, thus, they are crucial when it comes to trees, flowers, and plants. Without bee, many crops, vegetables, and fruits would disappear, and many trees that relies on bees to help pollinate will also disappear. In fact, 90% of plants need the help of bees, both wild plants, and agricultural plants. Bees not only help pollinate crops and plants that can become food sources or habitats for other species, but bees are also food sources for some birds too. Bees are crucial and have a significant impact on humans and the environment, we need them.
Unfortunately, the bee population all over the world is declining due to human activities, and climate changes. If they do disappear one day, so much of our food and nature will disappear, our ecosystem will break. That’s why we need bees, and World bee Day can help us understand the importance of bees and why we need to protect them at all costs. So, let’s take a closer look at World Bee Day.
Bee’s influence on our planet
Image Sourced from UN’s website
The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.
As mentioned, bees play an important role in plants and crops. But that is not it, not only do they help pollinate plants, they also provide many essential resources themselves. Such as honey, beeswax, and venom that are used in so many different ways. In fact, we humans rely on bees very much in medical fields and our food sources. In addition, bees are highly correlated to food security, with the high demands of crops and food, the amount of plants that need to be pollinated has significantly increased too. The bees play a crucial role in ensuring we have enough food. Last but not least, it is said bees are an indicator of a healthy environment and balance biodiversity.
Bees are a sign of well-functioning ecosystems.
-José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization since January 2012
What is World Bee Day?
World Bee Day is a day to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators and their role in our ecosystem, bees “play in keeping people and the planet healthy”. World Bee Day was official approved as a UN observance day in 2018. Like other international days, there are different themes and goals for each day. On World Bee Day, we take a look at the state of the bees around the world as an indicator of the planet’s health. We look for new ways to help protect bees and ways to stop the decline of bees.
This year’s World Bee Day theme is Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees, with the pandemic, the event is held online. Anyone is welcome to join and take a look at how we can do better for bees.
Why is World Bee Day May 20th?
The idea of World Bee Day was submitted by Slovenia in 2016, in hopes of turning May 20th into World Bee Day to celebrate and honor the modern beekeeping founder Anton Janša. May 20th was the birthday of Anton Janša. With the help of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Association, in 2018, the first World Bee Day was celebrated.
How Do You Celebrate World Bee Day?
There are many ways you can celebrate and participate in World Bee Day. In fact, here is a list that you should check out if you want to do something for World Bee’s Day.
- Plants flowers or plants that are good for bees, such as lavender, viper’s bugloss, rosemary, crocuses, thyme, and honeysuckles.
- Bonus point: plant the appropriate plans during the different seasons is great for bees, such as Mahonia which are a great source of food for bees during the winter!
- Avoid using pesticides, and herbicides that are harmful to bees in your own garden, in fact, these harsh chemicals are one of the main reasons causing the decline of bees
- Protect wildlife bee hives
- Leave water out for bees to drink in your garden
- Support local bee farms or business
- Protect meadows or other natural areas that allow bees to get food
- Sponsor a hive
- Share information about protecting bees, educate others and children
- Celebrate World Bee Day with family and friends with Bee related trivia games
Let’s Protect the Bees!
Every small step we can take can make a big difference for the bees. By helping the bees, we are also helping the planet and other people. Let’s make a difference this World Bee Day. If you want to see what kind of the world would be without bee, here is a video for you.
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