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Pollinators Matter! World Bee Day 2021

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“Bees are like oxygen:
ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen
but they lie at the heart of relationships
that bind the human and the natural worlds.” 

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees. Thor Hanson

Hello ACT for Bees community

It’s time to celebrate the pollinators and biodiversity with a wonderful lineup of events world wide.
For the ACT
For all events Australia wide
For events worldwide 

World Bee Day Australia May 20, 2021 7:00 pm has an exciting range of events that you can join in, including watching ‘The Bees of Grand Staircase- Escalante’ from your home. There will be a live panel of experts if you tune in. If you are joining from the ACT, join Vic as there are many tickets available.
Friday 21 May at 11am- 2pm. Glebe Park School Strike 4 Climate Join students at their rally positive lead up to World Biodiversity Day on Saturday 22nd.
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Climate change is predicted to be the greatest long-term threat to biodiversity in many regions and is listed as a key threatening process in state and Commonwealth legislation.

Friday 21st May EMBASSY OF ITALYA tour in the tiny wonderful world of bees with a view on their gigantic significance. Visit the hives at the garden of the Embassy of Italy in Canberra, meet the scientists and enjoy some honey-based nibbles. Learn from Cormac FARREL, Canberra-based beekeeper and environmental scientist.

Saturday 22nd May is World Biodiversity Day
Bush Blitz Backyard Species Discovery – a virtual citizen science Bush Blitz. 
Saturday May 22nd, 7 am-11.30 am World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market will be celebrating World Bee Day on 22nd May 2021 to recognise the importance of bees and pollination on agriculture and our local food supply.
ACT for Bees will be there! Come and visit our stall with your children and ‘Be a Bee and pollinate our apple tree’ and learn what plants are best for pollinators.
Saturday May 22nd, 10 am The Queanbeyan Hive & Seek Market
Saturday May 22nd, 10 am & 12pm  Australian Parliament House: Hive Discovery Tour Ticketed ($70)  Discover sustainability programs and ecosystems that go into keeping these gardens in their pristine condition. The tour route also contains a special stop at the APH Formal Gardens.
Saturday May 22nd 2-4pm Bee Swedish – enjoy a “fika” and join the conversation on sustainable food. Ticketed event.
Bring your family and friends and join us in the Embassy garden on Saturday 22/5 between 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm for a fun and informative cup of coffee and some Swedish treats by IKEA.

Worth looking at the great resources on this website from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. particularly Why Bees Matter. This year, World Bee Day will fall during an exceptional moment in history, where many countries continue to deal with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the occasion of the fourth observance of this International Day, FAO is organizing a virtual event on 20 May 2021 under the theme “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”.

The event will call for global cooperation and solidarity to counter the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to food security and agricultural livelihoods alongside prioritizing environmental regeneration and pollinator protection. It will be an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.

Now is a time to re-think how we relate to nature and pollinators and what actions we can take to support these tiny hard workers and the millions of livelihoods they, in turn, support

FAO’s Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture

A Requiem for Insects Rosie Armstrong

‘HiveMind: Honeybees, Democracy and Me’ a new exhibition uncovering the stories of beekeeping at Australia’s Parliament House and shares what we could learn from bees on collective decision making for democracy.
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives has a number of beautiful exhibits with a focus on pollinators and bees. The emerging winner, Rebecca McEwan’s installation 400 stories takes the shape of a chandelier made from glass vessels filled with honey, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem.
Rosie Armstrong’s ‘A Requiem for Insects’ discusses the current decline in insect populations across Australia and explores her concern about the extinction crisis in the Anthropocene Epoch. 

ACT for Bees website has just uploaded most of the videos from the speakers at pour recent Ginninderry event ‘Planting for Pollinators: Maximising Biodiversity in Urban design’ onto a new page Pollinator corridors. 
Check out the wonderful ‘Love Food? Love Bees!’ Australian curriculum-aligned resources from Cool Australia for Early Learning, Yr 5/6 and Yr 9/10.
ACT for Bees Education page also has a great list of books and links to more education resources. Have a look at ‘Great learning activities with a focus on bees’ by Sezza Jai Sykes for a broad exploration into different ways of learning.  
We are looking forward to hearing back from you about your experiences from these celebrations
Best wishes

Julie, Lynne, Didi, Catherine, Sarah, Claire, Mayra, Markus, Pin and John
the ACT for Bees team.
Like to join us? We’re seeking volunteers to help us out with ACT for Bees growing activities! 
Please contact us.

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  1. Karon says:

    Learning so much about bees happy to report lots of little native bees in my crazy garden

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