This year we decided to do something different for Earth day. Something that could really make a difference. This is the reason why we joined the New York Bee Sanctuary, and together we will celebrate Earth Day 2016, by not only making a donation on behalf of our clients, but most importantly, by taking the pledge to save the bees and we hope you will join us too.
As you may know, bees are disappearing rapidly. But why are bees so important you may ask? To answer this question, we reached out to our friends at the New York Bee Sanctuary. They explained to us that most bees are pollinators, which means they help plants to reproduce. So without bees, no new plants. And what are new plants for? The fruits and vegetables we eat every day. From apples to strawberries, from coffee to chocolate, from almonds to tomatoes, all these plants need pollinators ... you get the picture, right?
One of the efforts the New York Bee Sanctuary is focusing on is to encourage individuals, corporations and cities to create BEE-SAFE zones, "places where pollinators are safe and can find healthy food, water & shelter" (according to their blog - 10 ways you can help safe the bees)
We hope you can join us and the New York Bee Sanctuary to help the bees. Here are some ways You can help:
- Join BEE-SAFE and pledge to protect the bees on a piece of land you manage, your garden, the backyard of your company or your rooftop! We have partner towns, schools, corporations, and individuals. Everyone can join!
- Do not use any pesticides, fungicides or herbicides on plants or in your garden. Plants get contaminated and the product will likely reach the bees and kill them. Make sure the plants you buy are not pre-treated with neonics pesticides!
- Buy local & raw honey from your local beekeepers. Avoid honey sold in bulk or in the supermarket unless you are sure of its provenance and quality. Always best to buy on farmers market so you can meet your beekeeper and check with him his sustainable beekeeping practices.
- Plant your garden with native and bee friendly plants. They provide great sources of nectar and pollen (both food for the bees and butterflies). It’s important for bees, as it is for us, to have a diverse and regular food supply.
- Avoid planting lawns. Lawns are literally desert for insects and for wild plants because lawns usually never have plants beneficial to bees and are cut too often so plants never get to bloom. Instead, plant prairies!
- Do not weed your garden. Many plants like dandelion, for example, are an excellent source of food for bees. In early spring, those “weeds” are often the only source of food for beneficial insects. Lots of those weeds are often excellent food and medicine for us too!
- Even if you just have a small balcony you can install a little water basin for the bees to drink during the warm day of summer. Put a few stones and floating cork on the water so bees won’t drown!
- Educate yourself and your children about bees. Bees are not dangerous; they forage on a flower and don’t attack humans.
- If the buzz gets to you, learn how to become a beekeeper and install a hive in your garden or on your rooftop. It’s a powerful way to give honey bees a home and probably the best local honey you will ever get!
Let's celebrate Earth Day together. Here are NuEnergen, we took the pledge and we hope you will too.
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2016 - SAVE THE BEES!