Join us on 20 May for World Bee Day! Many people are unaware of how important bees are to the world. The team at Elite Words is here to show you the significant impact these little creatures have on our big world and what World Bee Day is all about.
World Bee Day is dedicated to teaching people of all ages the importance of bees for both our lives and the health of the planet. It’s not just about declaring a day for the bees, it’s about teaching and encouraging certain actions to be taken in order to make the jobs of those little pollinators around the world a little easier. World Bee Day is a great opportunity to shed light on how we can help save the bees – and the world.
What’s all the buzz about?
Why do we celebrate World Bee Day? Bees are very big contributors to the three important factors that keep our world running: food security, biodiversity and ecosystem health. Here’s how:
Food security is the measure of the availability of food to maintain a healthy population. Bees pollinate most of the crops that we (and all the animals in the world!) eat, helping to ensure our food security. Nearly two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production benefits from bee pollination. If the bee population were to continue to decline, it could be detrimental to the farms and to our food security.
Biodiversity is the uniqueness of all living things. There are 20,000 different species of bees, with 2,000 of them located in Australia. Some species of bee have evolved along with certain flora and as such, some flora can only be pollinated by a certain species of bee. Without pollination, the plant cannot reproduce. If the bees die, so will our plants.
The health of our ecosystem
Without diversity in our flora, the air and water could become more polluted, the soil will lack nutrients to grow other plants and the climate will only get more unruly.
World Bee Day 2022
There are many organised events available to help raise awareness about bees. Here are a few ideas on what you can do to help this year:
- Visit the Ballarat Farmers Market stall on 14 May, hosted by bee-friendly gardener and beekeeper Amanda Collins. Here, you can enjoy honey-tasting or some bee-friendly gardening tips.
- Join the Global Waggle Dance Challenge. Unite with others around the world with this dance that mimics how bees communicate to hive mates.
- Watch The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante – a documentary film that follows two of North America’s most prominent bee researchers as they return to their backcountry stomping grounds in southern Utah while the protections for these lands are being stripped away.
How to help keep bees safe
When people think to save the bees, they think to plant flowers. While this is certainly on the right path, there’s more to it. You want to make sure that the flowers you plant are nectar-bearing flowers. Bees need nectar to actually produce honey and therefore pollinate at the same time.
It cannot be stressed enough that you need to also maintain care of these flowers. If gardening isn’t your scene, then you can also build (or buy) a bee hotel for your home. Not every bee lives in a hive. A bee hotel gives those bees a safe place from extreme weather or a safe place to hatch young.
You can also change everyday habits. Buy Australian honey and other hive products, mow your lawn in the evening when bees are less likely to be in it and teach our youth about the importance of bees.
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