May 20 is World Bee Day, created to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. Check out the UN’s website: Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.
- What good can we do…
- Plant a diverse set of native plants, which flower at different times of the year
- Buy products from sustainable agricultural practices
- Avoid pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides in our gardens
- Share bee data with others