Tomorrow is April 22, celebrated around the world as Earth Day. Since the holiday was first celebrated in 1970 to mark the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act, more than 190 countries around the world have joined in. Each year, over one billion people mobilize for environmental action on April 22, and this year will surely be the biggest Earth Day yet.
Bees are the world’s most important pollinators. They play a crucial role in the sustainability of our food systems, not to mention earth’s delicate natural ecosystems. We literally can’t live without them. Over the past few years, however, we’ve seen a staggering decline in bee populations. Hives have been collapsing at a rate that is creating a very real fear that the natural and agricultural systems that we depend upon may collapse along with our beloved bees.