It’s Earth Day 2021!
The Earth is such a beautiful place. There are so many wonderful places to explore and discover. The world is perfectly interconnected. Everything is in a cycle where it both comes from the Earth, and must return to the Earth. This cycle is so perfectly harmonised, that even the slightest change can have devastating consequences.
Bees are one of the best examples of the slightest change having significant consequences. Bees are one of the most important animal on our planet when it comes to environmental significance.
At least 30% of the world’s crops need cross-pollination to thrive. Bees are fundamental in the pollination process. Bees move from flower to flower, plant to plant, in search of nectar. In this process the pollen moves from flower to flower, plant to plant. This is essential for plants to grow and produce the food we eat.
At least 90% of the world’s plants also need cross-pollination to thrive. This not only helps with the carbon uptake of the world. Those plants produce vital habitats and food for wildlife.
Bees are also part of the food chain. Birds, spiders, dragonflies and other insects eat bees. Their honey is not only a source of food for humans. Birds, racoons and other insects also eat it. Bee larvae is also eaten across many parts of the world including Japan. It is also a source of food for many insects.
As you can see, bees are extremely important to the planet as they are part of every aspect of the ecosystem. The world is a complex, interconnected ecosystem and if one species became extinct, such as the bee, the world would be devastated.
Carbon is also part of this complex, interconnected ecosystem. The carbon cycle is a process in which carbon continuously travels from the Earth, into the atmosphere and back to the Earth. This cycle comprises of events that are KEY to making life on Earth possible. Unfortunately, we have all been part of the growing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This has caused a serious shift in the heating of our planet and the acidity of our oceans.
Since we invented agriculture, we have directly changed the carbon cycle. At the start, this shift…