I saw this campaign ad in the London Underground and it raised what I consider to be a very important issue.
Einstein is commonly reported to have predicted that ‘if bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live’.
Since the statement above, more than 90% of the world’s bees have disappeared. There is no conclusive evidence to explain why and this is a hugely troubling matter.
One in three mouthfuls of food we eat are crops (fruits, etc) that are dependent entirely on bees.
If the bees are wiped out, our food shortage problems (which are already at crisis levels), will reach catastrophic levels.
Bees’ colony collapse is a problem that will have a huge implication with devastating consequences for people around the world. More urgent effort is needed to better understand the reasons for the decline of bee colonies (this decline will further impact agriculture and crop produce – which in turn will exacerbate the current problem of global food security and supply).
I will strong recommend that we learn more about this very critical issue (which to my mind is almost as important as that of climate change) and act on it.
For further information, please read: http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/green-science/global_crisis_honeybee_population_on
For those with children, get them to watch Bee Movie!!
Let’s start doing our part, inform and educate and above all act. This is not just for us, but for those who will follow us.