This Earth Day while celebrating our big accomplishments, we also need to think about something small: the honeybee.
Though less than an 2,5 cm long, the tiny honeybee has major implications for our food supply. Honeybees are social and cooperative insects that live together in nests or hives.
They are divided into three groups: the queen, worker bees and drones. The queen lays eggs—up to a million in her lifetime. Most of the other bees in a hive are female workers. Their work includes building and protecting the hive, gathering pollen and nectar, and producing honey. The other bees are drones and are male. Just a few individuals ever have the chance to mate with a queen.
In addition to providing us with honey and aiding the beauty of our gardens, honeybees are responsible for pollinating an estimated 71 percent of the world’s most widely consumed food crops, including almonds, squash, apples, avocados and more. Bees also pollinate around 80% of wildflowers in Europe, so our countryside would be far less interesting and beautiful without them.
But bees are in trouble. There is growing public and political concern at bee decline across the world. This decline is caused by a combination of stresses - from loss of their habitat and food sources to exposure to pesticides and the effects of climate change.
In the fruit orchards of southwest China, farmers and their children have to climb into the branches armed with pots of pollen and paintbrushes to individually pollinate each blossom because natural pollinators are rare.
More than ever before, we need to recognise the importance of bees to nature and to our lives. And we need to turn that into action to ensure they don't just survive but thrive.
This Earth Day, let’s certainly celebrate our big accomplishments. But don’t forget to think of the little honeybee too.
As National winners in Europe Start Up Awards 2017 in category climate, We want to welcome you to be part of a first of its kind, the International Bee Station.
Just as the International Space Station serves as a home where crews of astronauts live in space, to help and improve the extent of human knowledge. We want to create a station where International supporters and fans from the whole world will be with us on the Mission to fight bee decline and make our planet great again!