Bees are one of the most important creatures to humans on Earth. Over 80% of all flowering plants are pollinated by bees. Therefore, one third of all food produced across the world is dependent upon pollination.
Unfortunately, bee populations are currently in decline across the world. Since the 1960s, the honeybee population has declined by as much as 60%. Issues causing the decline in bee populations are
- A loss of habitat
- The use of pesticides
- An increase in pests and diseases
- The increase in extreme weather and climate change
- Competition from invasive species
Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we work towards raising awareness for the ecological importance of bees.
There is hope! If we dedicate more time and resources to studying bees, spreading awareness, and working toward positive coexistence with bees. Strategies for actions we can take to help our friends include the minimization of habitat loss and degradation, adding bee-friendly features to agricultural areas, increasing studies on bees to answer more questions about their decline and promoting public education.
Saving honeybees starts with collaborating wild bee habitat restoration efforts, improving methods for keeping domesticated honey bees, reducing the use of harmful pesticides, and spreading knowledge about the importance of bees to ecosystems and our daily lives. Whether you practice beekeeping, enjoy eating food from pollinator-dependent sources, or simply love honey bees – there’s always a reason to help save the bees!