Based on how humans treat the world around them, it would be pretty fair to assume, say if an alien landed on stopped to observe for a minute, that we believe the planet was created to cater to our needs and interests. We think about the future in terms of our own, we pay little mind to the amount of trash we produce or what sort of nasty chemicals and compounds our industrial processes release into the environment. We often don’t stop to contemplate how this trail of destruction impacts other humans, let alone how it could be affecting animals. But the reality is that every single one of our daily actions has an impact on some other living being, whether we realize it or not. Because we aren’t always face-to-face with the animals downstream, it is easy to ignore the ramifications for them.
Just take this sweet, simple story from Imgur user DontSugarcoatit for example. This kind person writes, “Saved a bee from drowning yesterday, let her (?) dry off before giving her some sugar water. Then she flew off on her merry way. I like bees a lot!”
In protecting this little bee, this person not only did something incredibly kind for another living creature but also did something great for the whole of humanity. Bees are vital pollinators who are responsible for making the majority of the food we eat every day possible. Sadly, the bee population is in rapid decline largely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. These pesticides are commonly used in the agriculture industry to ensure “high yields.” These chemicals are effective in controlling pests because they attack the nervous system, either killing or gravely disabling insects. In the case of bees, however, these pesticides can also cause Colony Collapse Disorder. Without bees, these crops we’re protecting will never bloom, so in many ways, our efforts to safeguard food production is undercutting it in the longrun.
We might not all get the chance to save a bee like this Imgur user did, but we can all help the bee population in a big way with our food choices. By choosing more organic produce, we can help minimize the amount of pesticides used in the food industry. If more people demand fruits and vegetables grown without these harmful compounds, organic can slowly become the norm. Further, you can help by raising awareness for neonicotinoid pesticides and share this article. These chemicals can be found in many lawn care products, so always be sure to check before spraying on your lawn or household plants.
The tiny bee proves that every life matters in the grand scheme of things. Humans might be good at ignoring the impact that our actions have on the world around us, but we also need to wake up to the fact that the world around us has a huge impact on our own life and survival. We cannot exist without bees – sadly, the same probably can’t be said in the reverse.
So, take a page from this kind individual and take a stand for bees and all the other little lives that are so vitally important to the world.
About the Author
Kate is the Editorial Operations and Outreach Coordinator for One Green Planet and has been with the company since 2014. She runs editorial operations for the Animal, Earth, Life, and Buzz Monster channels and coordinates petition content, One Green Planet’s newsletter, and assists with social media. She also manages audio production and content support for the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast .
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