Let’s talk about bees.
Bees are a vital part of our environment, and a link in a chain we’re wearing away, but haven’t yet broken.
The environment isn’t delicate – it withstands flood and drought and fire and disease. The world is not delicate – it is robust and resilient. It is humanity which falls with heavy feet and takes more than it needs, leaving behind only scraps.
Sometimes I see human evolution as a steadily climbing graph which has, instead of plateauing, suddenly soared upwards in an uncontrollable rush to reach the top and then continue.
You know that feeling when you’re running fast, and you push yourself a little faster, until you’re moving too quickly for your feet to keep up? Essentially, you can allow yourself to regain steadiness, or you can fall.
See right now, everyone has these crazy new ideas built on top of ideas and the means to see them through, with the focus on a low price and high convenience, often rather than longetivity and practicality. The world is so good, and so clever, yet sometimes I feel like it’s tripping on its own feet, and it just needs to pause and take a breath before it falls over.
That brings me back to bees. We understand their vitality, but we’re progressing quickly and unsustainably, to the bees’ detriment. Without our bees we’d lose a collection of food staples (apples, strawberries, blueberries, beans,… there’s a long list, give it a google). There are foods which don’t depend on bees, but these would become more rare, expensive and exclusive.
The falling bee populations have been a concern for a long time, but it’s now a real and tangible issue we’re facing with the announcement of 7 bee species officially endangered.
Talking about bees is where it starts, but it can’t be where it ends.
There are things you can do to help nurture the bees in your area. On a personal level, helping bees out is not only easy, but it’s benefits are broad and dynamic.
Plant flowers. Lavender, wisteria, mint, oregano (again, a long list. Look up the best plants for you, and for the bees) attract bees. An array of plants and flowers make your home look and smell amazing, while nurturing bees. Another easy step towards helping the bees is giving them access to water. A bird bath is a beautiful garden accessory which will call all the birds to your front garden, while looking after the bees.
Next is to use bee friendly pesticides. One of the main problems bees face is the industrial farming industry using pesticides which are damaging to bees. We need to support farming which is environmentally sustainable on a larger scale by buying local and raw honey and produce in general wherever we can. On a small scale, make sure you’re protecting your garden with bee friendly pesticides.
So start talking about it. Be somebody who cares, and spread it around.
There’s a petition at http://sos-bees.org/demand/ you can sign to raise awareness and show your support.