For most people, bees are nothing but infuriating creatures. Honeybees, bumblebees, carpenter bees, you name it all. They ruin our picnics, buzz around our ears, and make the most annoying noise that will lead to your first instinct being: “KILL IT”. You might want to hold the thought.
After watching the Bee Movie (2017), I learned many things I never knew about bees. The movie’s protagonist, Barry Benson, wants to sue the human race for misusing all the effort put in by bees and that fact made it clear that bees are hardworking creatures. After he won the case, all the bees get a vacation, but as soon as they did, all the crops across the world started to die, and gradually plants, trees, everything else died. This proves that even if there were a substitute for bees, it wouldn’t be as effective.
What happens when a bee is killed?
Each time a bee is killed, more trouble is being caused for the environment. You might think its hard to believe but face the facts. Bees play a crucial role in keeping the world healthy. Ever heard the saying “Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em”. That applies accurately well to the bees. The bees protect us, they have been there since 30 billion years and were one of the first ever creatures on Earth.
Bees are pollinators and visit flowers to search for food. In the process of finding food, they catch pollen on their bodies and transfer it to the flowers, to fertilize them. Other pollinators include wasps, butterflies, beetles, moths, bats, and lizards; but the bee is by far the most effective due to all the flowers they visit.
Killing bees? I don’t think you’ll want to do that after they’ve had there say. As maddening as it is, it is the truth. Did you know that bees as individuals don’t make a lot of honey? This means that they need a large, and well-organised family of bees to make a strong hive.
Why do we need bees and how can we help save them?
These are the ideas I thought of!
1.Host a fundraiser: Communities love an excuse to get together and even more when there’s a reason. It’s an easy, fun way to make a change and an impact on such a serious issue.
2. Keep your surroundings clean: We can all help in keeping our surrounding areas clean. Bees are our source of food supply. Without them, life would be very hard because they are the creatures that pollinate most of our flowers and crops.
3. Control garden pests by handpicking them: Use gloves or remove pests by tweezers or chopsticks. Keeping plants pest free will let the bees roam freely!
TIP: Keep your lawn well mowed. Plant more flowering plants like wildflowers, dandelions, clovers; they are the bees’ favourites and packed with pollen.
4. Spread the word: Like mentioned before, try pulling your neighbourhood together so that everybody can share their opinions on how they feel about bees and trying to protect them. A very useful and healthy way to help save bees is to buy fresh and local honey from farms or somewhere like a health food store where it is organic and sweet.
5. Plant more trees: Plant more native trees, or new flowers so that the more plants there are, the more bees will find a stable habitat.
6. Make a bee box: Some bees nest in wood or mud while others make their homes on the ground. If bees died out, then it would make a big impact and change in humans’ life. Take up bee keeping course, understand how a little effort from your end could help these bees to survive.
7. Buy honey from local farmers: Buy raw honey from local farmers who source it responsibly.
Yes, bees are annoying and not worth living. But once you realise that they help crops grow and without them, there would be a shortage of food. Ask yourself, “they deserve to be saved because if they’re extinct, what insect will we be dependent on?”
Please help save these innocent creatures; you may find them exasperating but they’re actually vital for our survival.
Contributor: Niharika Bisht
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Niharika is our youngest writing program student. She’s 11-years-old and is studying in Class 7 in a British school in Doha. She loves reading the most and also enjoys sketching, making art and watching movies in her free time.