Bees and other pollinators are threatened by the effects of human activity.
The main objective of World Bee Day is to protect bees and other pollinators so that they can make a significant contribution to solving problems related to the world’s food supply and ending hunger in developing countries.
We all depend on pollinators and for that reason, it is crucial to control their decline and stop the loss of biodiversity.
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Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of ecosystems, essential for the production and reproduction of many wild crops and plants. Almost 90% of flowering plants depend on pollination to reproduce; Likewise, 75% of the world’s food crops depend to some extent on pollination and 35% of the world’s agricultural land. Pollinators not only contribute directly to food security, but are also essential for conserving biodiversity.
Why on May 20?
May 20 coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Anton Janša who, in the 18th century, pioneered modern beekeeping in his native Slovenia. Janša praised how good workers bees are and how little supervision they need from their work.
What can we do to help the bees?
You, in your day to day:
- Grow a wide variety of native plants that flourish at different times of the year.
- Buy raw honey from farmers in your area.
- Buy products from farmers who carry out sustainable agricultural practices.
- Protect wild bee colonies.
- Sponsor a beehive.
- Leave a shallow bowl with clean water and rocks or sticks so the bees drink and don’t drown.
- Help them maintain forest ecosystems.
- Create awareness about their situation, share this information in your circles and social networks. The decline in the number of bees affects us all!
Stackers and farmers can:
- Reserve some areas as natural habitat.
- Create plant barriers.
- Reduce or modify the use of pesticides.
- Respect the nesting places.
- Plant crop attractions around the field.
Governments and strategy makers should:
- Promote participation, knowledge exchange and empowerment of rural and indigenous peoples, as well as local communities.
- Apply strategic measures, including financial incentives to promote change.
- Increase collaboration between national and international organizations, academic institutions, and research networks to manage, research, and evaluate pollinators and pollination services.
Environmental education activities for school children
At Ecocolmena we have a plan of activities and dynamics designed specifically for school children and their educators, find out more at Environmental Education for School Children.
More information about World Bee Day on the un.org website