She said, in a friendly, but sarcastic tone, “Don’t worry, we won’t have bees but we’ll all have cell phones.”
There is a fantastic die off of bees all around the world, which could have a dramatic impact on the production of fruits and vegetables that require pollination.
In her article, A World Without Bees, timethief reports:
“Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off. They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the 80% of fruits and vegetables that require pollination may not make it to market. Places bees can forage for pollen without being poisoned by pesticides have dramatically declined, and the cause of CCD appears to be related to diseases from pesticides, but no one is certain.”
Please read this excellent article on the dangers to our honey bee populations.
Environmental Degradation is Real
Environmental degradation can seem abstract and unreal. Or, so gradual that we are oblivious to its very real impacts that are actually happening right now.
When your neighbor’s bees die, the reality of environmental destruction strikes home. I live in Hawai’i, which is the land mass geographically most distant to any other land mass in the world. This clues me into the fact that there’s nowhere on this globe where we can escape the effect of our collective errors.
About the cells phones? One theory is that mobile phone signals are contributing to the decline of honeybees. This is unproven, but it does make you wonder about the potential effects of our our beloved mobile communication.
Help the Bees and You Too
How can you help?
- Eliminate the use of pesticides including lawn and garden chemicals;
- Grow plants that support pollinators, including some natives;
- Eat organic foods;
- Reduce your cell phone use. Even if it’s not harming the bees, it may not be healthy for you! You may be addicted, but you can break free.
Do you notice environmental impacts in your neighborhood? Any more thoughts on how to help the bees?