As Earth Day approaches this weekend, we’re reminded how vital it is that we all do our part to care for the planet on which we live and look after all the creatures with which we share it. Many of those creatures are not merely cohabitators with us on this blue planet, but vital to our existence on it.
In fact, they are among the smallest ones — they are the pollinators: bees, butterflies, and a multitude of insects without whom our food supply would collapse.
- 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by bees and other pollinators
- More than two thirds of the world’s crop species rely on pollinators
- 2022 was the worst year on record for bee colony collapse
One of the easiest and best ways to support the bees and other pollinators is by planting “regional” wildflowers native to where you live.
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It doesn’t matter where you live; anyone can do it! In fact, city dwellers, where green space and wildflowers can be very scares, are a vital link in creating more habitats for pollinators.
A couple in San Francisco have taken “wildflower bombing” of the smallest, open public spaces to a fabulous and often hilarious pastime, so much so they caught the attention of “Now This News.”
With a cheese shaker and a package of regional wildflower seeds (fanciful costume optional) anyone can walk along seeding empty spaces. This summer they’ll be transformed with beautiful flowers and supporting more pollinators.
The Xerces Society is working every day to help bring back the pollinators.
Related article: “Pollinator Protection Pledge”
(main image courtesy of Monterey County Weekly)