During the very first week of 2017, the bumble bee was officially deemed an endangered species in the U.S. This fact progressively became known by the public, however many of us are still unaware of the reasons behind this happening. In saying this, there’s nothing a little swift and thorough research can’t fix – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We know bees are a vital part of all ecosystems, working overtime as the prime pollinators of garden greens and floral plantae on a daily basis. In fact, around 35% of food crops around the globe are entirely dependent on bees. Due for a well-deserved promotion? We think so. Both Bumble bees and Honey bees are enduring severe decline in numbers due to a few primary issues. Climate change, the systematic use of pesticides, biological threats such as parasites, and the spread of disease amongst colonies. Also, the more frequently planted crops such as wheat and corn provide very little pollen for honeybees, subjecting them to literal starvation. But, despite all the doom and gloom, there’s still hope, and a solution that you can be a part of. Just ask the terrific guys and gals from the Save the Bees Project.

 

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Save the Bees Project is managed and solely funded by a small group of hard-working legends that are absolutely bonkers about bees. Their aim is to educate the public on the endangerment of bees, and the role each individual can play in reversing the decline of bee populations. But hang on, there’s more. Save the Bees has a heavenly collection of various golden, honey hued accessories to nab on their website. From petite baby bee studs and honeycomb shaped necklaces, to crystal honeybee rings and leather bee bracelets, the designs are divine and the selection is endless. For those of you who aren’t too keen on queen bee bling, but still want to support the cause, you can snatch up a quirky print tee in yellow, black or white to show some team bee spirit. Be sure to show off your new statement trinkets on Instagram at #savethebeesproject and remember, all funds raised supports the efforts of the organisation to liberate and preserve bee life. You’re very welcome. If a funky new wardrobe of apparel and accessories doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can still do a whole lot of good through alternate actions.

 

For the sake of our bustling black and yellow striped buddies, green thumb or not, give pot planting and dirt digging a whirl. Sporting your own balcony blooms or backyard veggie patch will ensure the continuation of pollination, and a future habitat for the winged wonder-workers. When maintaining your lush greens, avoid weed plucking and pesticides. Weeds are constant producers of clovers and dandelions, and thus, a significant source of pollination for honeybees. The reasons for refraining from pesticide use is obvious, but consider this. Pesticides are often consumed by bees during pollination and therefore, contaminates the hive, the honey and the humans who nibble away on any and all kinds of treats. This brings us to our next point. Buy local, organic produce and raw honey. Purchasing local goods and groceries from a farmer or family that you know means not only are you giving back to your local community, but you are also seasonally eating from home soil and not a monoculture estate. Finally, share these tips and proposals with your family, friends and fellow community members. Get chatting about the Save the Bees initiative, splurge a few dollars on their goods for a great cause, or take matters into your own hands, roll up your sleeves and plant a few seeds. Spreading the word is ultimately one of the greatest weapons in combat for change, and if you bee-lieve in change, you can bee the change.

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