The pollinators provide us with every third bite of food we eat
Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
Pesticides, climate change, and monoculture are believed to be the most likely explications to the decline of pollinators as more and more species of insects disappear. Extra scary, is that is difficult to see what is happening, before it could be too late. It is impossible to count insects in the same way that we can count the number of elephants, but we will notice when they are gone, and our supply of plant based food is in shortage. Besides the fact that we humans and other omnivores and herbivores mammals will be severely affected from a decline of insects, it will also greatly affects all animals that have insects as their primary food source. Also certain flowering plants live in a close symbiosis with specific pollinators, which means that if these insects die out, the plants will as well.
School Project – Save the QueenSave the Queen is The Perfect World Foundation’s school project. In this project, together with the Botanical Gardens in Gothenburg, we have compiled educational material that will teach children (and adults) about pollinators, their importance, and what we all can do to help and protect them. The Perfect World representatives from the project visit schools and talk to pupils about how important insects are to us all. And to creatively and playfully increase students’ knowledge about pollinators, also invited the children to a competition to build the best and most beautiful insect hotel.
Beekeeping project – Elephants and HoneybeesOur fundraising and donations in benefit of pollinators support a beekeeping project in South Africa. The conflict between elephants and farmers, caused by elephants passing through cultivated fields and destroying farmers' crops and livelihoods, has escalated in Africa. The project aims to train farmers to become beekeepers. And the hives are place in strategic places to create ‘beehive fences’ to lead elephants away from farmlands – because a bit unexpected, elephants are actually afraid of bees. The beekeeping project has calmed down the conflict between farmers and elephants and has reduced the destruction of cultivated crops… and in addition the farmers now have honey to sell. The beehive fences also protect habitats such as forests from the migratory elephants, which reduce the risk of desertification and in addition trees very efficiently absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), which counteract global warming.
Build your own insect hotel
To create a home for bees and other insects, you don't need much – just a piece of wood and a drill. Drill 10 cm deep holes in different sizes, Ø 5-15 mm. You can also tie together a bundle of bamboo tubes.
An old wood pallet is a perfect setting for creating a whole ‘block’ of insect hotels. Create smaller sections with e.g. wooden boxes, which you fill with moss, sticks, pinecones, hollow bricks, wool and bamboo tubes. Cover the filled boxes with chicken nets, and then you can enjoy an increased biodiversity in your garden.
Just like us, pollinators need access to water to thrive. Place a shallow bowl of water in your garden, fill it with stones, seashells or marbles for the insects to land on when drinking.
It is fairly easy to help the pollinators, here are some examples:
With us you can also Volunteer Travel and experience wildlife conservation projects around the world. Donations and sponsoring partnerships are crucial for us to continue our work to save the moon bears.
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