There is a humorous cartoon featuring the earth holding hands with a human. The earth is wearing a T-shirt writting “I am with the idiot” with an arrow pointing to the human. It is a fact that we are not acting particularly smart towards the planet.
It would be useful to follow the example of the wise bee, who collects pollen and pollinates the flowers without destroying its surrounding. We should leart from the bees – this was the core message of an illustration created by photographer and designer, Claire Bangser who quoted Latif Latifov, a beekeeper from Azerbaijan: “Some animals and people crush the place where they get income or bread, but bees never will. For example, if you need wood for heating you have to cut trees. Bees just collect pollen grains and never damage any flower”.
Claire Bangser works with Food Anthropologist Catherine Jafee, studying the rich culture that surrounds the ancient practice of bee-keeping in Turkey, and whose work has been supported by National Geographic. Their work may be tough, but the rewards are sweet.
The reward for the humans will be even sweeter for the protection of the bees. Since the end of the 1990s, beekeepers, especially in Europe and Northern America started to observe that the populations of honey bees are decreasing. The bees, however, are absolutely necessary for the production of our food, since they are the main pollinators of plants along with butterflies and wild bees. Over 35% of the global production of food depends on them.
From the overall 100 types of plants that produce 90% of the global food, 71 are pollinated by bees. Without them, millions of people and animals would suffer. In Europe alone, more than 4.000 vegetables grow thanks to the bees. Can you imagine summer without watermelon, cucambers, eggplants and zucchini?
If not, it is time to deal with keeping our planet hospitable to all living creatures.
That is exactly the point of the International Day of Mother Earth, celebrated across the world on the 22nd of April, as according to the United Nations: ” International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors the Earth as a whole and our place within it. It does not seek to replace other events, such as Earth Day, which has been celebrated by many people around the world on 22 March since the 1970s, but rather to reinforce and reinterpret them based on the evolving challenges we face.”