World Bee Day: Important facts about bees on climate change
By Bisola Adeyemo
Bees are some of the most important pollinators, ensuring food security, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, and they significantly contribute to the mitigation of climate change and conservation of the environment.
The protection of bees and the beekeeping sector can help reduce poverty and hunger, as well as preserve a healthier environment.
Bees are also important in terms of sustainable agriculture and creating rural jobs. By pollinating, they increase agricultural production, thus maintaining diversity and variety in our fields.
In addition, they provide millions of people with jobs and are an important source of farmers’ income.
Every 20th of May was designed by the United Nations to celebrate bees and their importance to humanity.
This year’s theme ‘”Bee engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems” is focused on the importance of a wide variety of bees and threats of protection to bees, other pollinators, and beekeepers.
1) The world bee day was designed to raise awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators, and how to acknowledge the role of bees.
2) The day also draws the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees.
3) It also reminds that humans depend on bees and other pollinators which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.
4) It will also halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.