Government policy might be stuck when it comes to dealing with this problem, but that doesn't mean you need to be stuck too. You can help honeybees at home and in your community using this bee protecting toolkit. The Honey Bee Toolkit provides action items to promote a safe space at your home for honeybees to gather food and perform essential pollinating duties, and for educating and rallying others in your community to affect change on a larger scale. Here are some examples of what is listed in the Toolkit:
Write an OpEd or letter to the editorThe toolkit then goes on to detail how to properly draft a letter or OpEd and successfully submit it to a news provider. Another community-based example reads:
Short of face to face visits with politicians, getting into the habit of writing to your editor is one of the most effective things you can do.
According to a study by Pew, Americans are spending more time following the news today than over much of the past decade. Newspapers, while in decline, are still authoritative; this is where most Americans still get their knowledge of public affairs.
OpEd columns and letters to the editor give you the opportunity to communicate directly to the public, including influential decision-makers, and to shape or frame a debate in your own words.
One well placed OpEd or Letter to the Editor can make a decisionmaker think again. Take 15 minutes to change the conversation
And for those who would like to help out on their property at home, there are native plant lists and tips for building a bee haven in your yard or around your home. There is also a section devoted to introductory beekeeping if you want to take the next step into colony ownership!
Invite neighbors and friends over for a film screening at your house, or coordinate a film screening at your local community center. Not sure what to watch? Here are some suggestions:
The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)
Queen of the Sun (2011)
Nature:Silence of the Bees (2008)
Check out the toolkit here.
Have a wonderful week!