Next Sunday, May 20th is World Bee Day, as designated by the United Nations. On this day, the world will be asked to focus on the role and importance of bees, (and other pollinators), for the entire planet and invited to take concrete steps to help preserve them.
Why do we need ‘World Bee Day’?
The creation of an international ‘World Bee Day’, by a resolution co-sponsored by 115 different nations, reflects the serious threat facing bees across the world. Rapid and drastic ‘die offs’ have been decimating entire bee populations. The overall number of bees has been plummeting; we have lost around 30% in recent years with some species now facing extinction. The fact that about 84% of the food that sustains humanity relies on pollination by bees, (and a small number of other insects), means that the demise of the bee is also likely to lead to the demise of a large number of human beings.