🐝 BEE Nice to the Planet 🌎 Learn How and Why Pollinators are Essential to Life
Bees are pollinators as are butterflies and hummingbirds, and they are all increasingly under threat of global extinction.
Firstly – Wtf is a pollinator?
A pollinator is an animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds. They do this by moving pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another part. This pollen then fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds, and without them, the plants cannot reproduce.
HOT TIP: Disney has an excellent documentary called Wings of Life, which is also delightfully narrated by Merril Streep it’s super educational on this very topic and suitable for all ages.
How Pollination Impacts our Food Supply?
The majority of our fruits, vegetables, and nuts use animal-mediated pollination. Without pollinators, our diets would be severely limited, and it would be more challenging to acquire a variety of vitamins and minerals that we need to stay healthy.
HOT TIP: Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants in reproducing. Meaning bees aren’t just a nice-to-have on the planet; we literally need bees to grow all our fruits and vegetables.
How can we help save our pollinators AND our food supply
The United Nations established World Bee Day on May 20, 2020, to educate and inspire urgent action towards protecting our pollinators from extinction – learn loads more via their web page; (https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day/) – and they have even provided the exact ways we can all start right now.
Start Making Changes Individually by:
- planting a diverse set of native plants, which flower at different times of the year;
- buying raw honey from local farmers;
- purchase products from sustainable agricultural practices;
- avoiding pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in our gardens;
- protecting wild bee colonies when possible;
- sponsoring a hive;
- making a bee water fountain by leaving a water bowl outside;
- helping sustaining forest ecosystems;
- raising awareness around us by sharing this information within our communities and networks; The decline of bees affects us all!