A cause I feel passionate about is the planet's bees. Did you know that bees are needed for one in every three bites of food we eat worldwide? Bees pollinate flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a good harvest every year. Over the last ten years, bees have been disappearing from their hives due to what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). 2012 was terrible with some U.S. beekeepers losing 40 – 50 percent of their bees!
Many scientists are trying to figure out what is causing this problem. So far they have one main suspect ... pesticides. Pesticides are chemicals that farmers use to help grow their crops. While the research is happening, the European Union (EU) in April 2013 passed a new law banning pesticides that could be responsible for the loss of bees. I think this is a good first step whilst they continue testing to look for the solution.
So what can you do to help our bees? Ask your school to learn more about CCD by showing the movie Vanishing of the Bees, sign up to the 'Plan Bee' campaign at www.vanishingbees.co.uk, make a buzz in your community about choices like organic foods and try your hand at bee-friendly gardening - or even beekeeping!