World Bee Day – May 20

A bee flying over a purple flower

By Jaime Scott, MoveUP Environment Committee
(Photo courtesy Dimitri Ossinsky)

May 20 is World Bee Day, and we thought it would be the perfect time to remind you of the importance of bees in the ecosystem, as well as provide some tips on things we can do to help them thrive.

Why are bees important?

90% of all plant species, and 75% of the leading food crops, rely on pollination to reproduce, and honey bees are the most efficient pollinators in the world. Without them, not only would we lose the majority of our food supply, but also other wild flowers and plants that contribute in no small way to the ecosystem.

For more information, visit Planet Bee.

How can we help bees thrives?

1. Grow bee-friendly gardens by planting a variety of flowers;
2. Help out tired bees by mixing 2tsp of white granulated sugar with 1tsp of water and leaving the mixture outside on a plate or even drip it onto your flowers; and
3. If you choose to consume honey, choose sustainable options. Try local.

For more tips on how to help the bees, visit the WWF.

Happy gardening!