Life is crazy for this busy bee!
I’m trying to get more and more involved in environmentalism in my community. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of green innovation around here! This campus has a green fund program, meaning that they have money set aside for any individual on campus that wishes to propose a project to make the campus more sustainable. Wow! How neat! Anyway, in being my crazy-psycho-tree-hugging self, I decided that this would be a great opportunity to test out my wings and try to be a part of something bigger than myself.
Recently, we’ve been taking numerous precautions to prevent zika, including aerial mosquito spraying. Unfortunately, the attempt ended in tragedy for our already declining bee populations. Millions of bees in the southeast part of the US died within minutes.
I’m sure there are many people who are probably shaking their heads at me thinking “They’re just bees.”
Oh honey, no.
Let’s take a step back to Kindergarden, and review what Mrs. Johnson taught you.
Bees pollinate plants. What’s pollination?
Remember, plants don’t have mommies and daddies that raise baby plants and walk them to school every day. Pollen has to be manually transferred from one plant to the next in order to reproduce, or create seeds and fruit.
So TL;DR, if you like eating, keep bees alive.
Bee farmers, crop farmers, gardeners, and bee watchers everywhere are coping with the myriad issues that accompany the disappearance of the bees. Additionally, an estimated 80% of all American crops are produced thanks to bees. They pollinate about $40 billion of our nations crops each year. Without them, we’re kinda screwed.
So that’s the problem. Now how can we do our part?
In addition to cutting pesticides, we can let our voices be heard without speaking at all.
I’m talking about creating a bee garden.
Similar to the concept of a butterfly garden, a bee garden is a way to create homes for local bees, while also creating a physical landmark to remind anyone passing by about our environmental impact. It’s a “bee monument” so to speak. Simply by bringing back flowering plants again, we can create a luscious home for our buzzing friends, while enjoying the beauty of natural life, and getting a little dirt under our nails along the way.
My proposal for the university green fund is to create a “community bee garden” in a public space in order to draw attention to this cause, beautify the campus, and of course, to save the bees!
My vision is that we plant a 100% organic garden composed of all native plants that naturally attract bees. The flowers will be chosen in such a way so that the garden will be flowering year round via selecting plants that bloom in shifts. This way, the bees will always have a constant food source, and the aesthetics of the project will be never-ending.
Of all the projects we could do to create a “greener” campus, this one is actually on the cheap side. Once we get the garden rolling, we will just need elbow grease, and watering in moderation. After all, all we need are plants, a spot to plant, dirt, water, and sunshine, and our project will flourish! Even then, the necessary manpower will be limited because native plants naturally require less care than exotic species. Easy peasy!
So how is this project going to take flight?
Everything needs elbow grease and a little TLC to get going. What is currently a mere idea in my mind, and some article on the internet will soon require a sponsor, meetings, proposals, applications, and of course, lots and LOTS of editing. I have a plan, but now, it’s time to put it into action!
I’ll keep y’all posted!