Wherever and however you live, the plight of our earth affects us all. This April 22, the 46th Earth Day, we at Wedderspoon wish to acknowledge the ways in which Mother Earth protects and sustains us. By focusing on renewable energies, sustainable business practices and environmental awareness, we can enact corporate policies that diminish our negative impact on the environment. And, as stewards of bee preservation and conservation, we wish to educate and shed light on the crucial role our pollinators play in a healthy food system that nourishes us all.
There are numerous things you can do, regardless of where you live, to help promote pollinators and support our earth this coming Earth Day!
- Banning pesticides and chemicals from your garden creates an environment in which pollinators can thrive.
- Just like humans, bees love diversity in their diet! Try to plant a varied selection of plants to supply pollinators with an abundance of pollen and nectar.
- Along with native plant species, plan an herb garden with anything in the mint family, including perennial sages, and allow them to flower to really attract native bee species. Even a window box provides much-needed food for roaming bees!
- Make sure to avoid hybrid plant varieties, as they often do not produce as much nectar or pollen as heirloom varieties!
- Create habitats for wild bees if you have the space – leave branches, bare ground and natural shelters for bees rather than creating landscaped and manicured lawns.
Did you know?
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans from all walks of life. Their actions led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Today, over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Did you know?
Our planet is currently losing over 15 Billion trees each year (equivalent to 48 football fields every minute). In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network announced Trees for the Earth, a plan to plant 7.8 Billion trees by Earth Day 2020: one tree for every person on the planet.