Bees are dying around the world. But as a part of the Action Book Club Program, we've compiled 10 easy ways you can help #SaveTheBees.
The most recent book we read for our online book club, A World Adventure by Book spotlighted a future world where bee deaths created global food shortages. Our current world is not that far away from such devastation since bees are responsible for about 1/3 of the food we eat & horrifying bee losses are being reported with 33% of domesticated bees & 23% of wild bees dead in the US!
These same problems are occurring everywhere across the globe, but you can help #SaveTheBees:
1. Share this post.
Make your social network aware of the issue by sharing this post with the tag #SaveTheBees.
2. Sign a petition.
Make your voice heard using the largest global web movement calling on decision makers to save the bees & the global food supply.
3. Give thirsty bees a free drink.
Bees die of thirst, but you can make a difference by putting a shallow dish of fresh water outside with mini "islands" of marbles/rocks/cork. (Bees can drown so don't forget to include the islands!)
4. Buy local, raw honey.
Supermarket honey is a blend of honeys from many different countries & floral origins (& sometimes includes corn syrup!). There’s no way for you to know it's origins or composition. It's also processed, heated & filtered so that it has a color & translucence that we have mistakenly come to know as "honey." Real honey is locally-produced, raw honey which you can buy at farmer's markets, specialty grocery stores, local apiaries & even online from companies like Bee Raw. You’ve heard of wine flights where you try different wines? Bee Raw even offers a honey flight packaged in beautiful glass vials.
5. Use eco-friendly honey instead of highly-processed sugar.
Instead of unhealthy sugar in your recipes, use local, raw honey which is better for you & the environment. Here are some delicious honey recipes to try.
6. Avoid using garden & lawn chemicals.
Pesticides, insecticides & many fertilizers are not only decimating bee & other wildlife populations, but are linked to cancer in people. Switch to a strategy of integrated pest management or opt for organic fertilizers & biological controls. Better for your family & the bees.
7. Plant native, bee-friendly flowers & flowering herbs.
Bees are suffering from malnutrition. Any person who has even a postage-stamp yard (or a windowsill!) can put in native bee-friendly plants & leave some wild areas to give bees a place to nourish themselves & their hive. Butterflies & hummingbirds will love these areas as much as the bees do! Here are guides on which native plants are best: US | Canada | UK
8. Let clover, dandelions & other useful "weeds" bloom.
Before mowing your lawn, allow these useful "weeds" to bloom so bees can benefit from these important nectar & pollen sources.
9. Encourage schools to promote bee-friendly programs.
Help expose students to new ideas about food, wildlife & plants through bee-friendly programs & school garden kits: US | Canada | UK
10. Donate (even small amounts help!)
Donate to an organization dedicated to helping protect/promote bees & other pollinators. We love The Pollinator Partnership which was given the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator.