Do you remember the song from Mary Poppins, just a spoonful of sugar? She sang that song to let people know that you only needed a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. In other words, it only took a little bit of sweetness to make something bitter a little more palatable. As it turns out, a spoonful of sugar may help you do more than take medicine; it might help to save the world.
Sir David Attenborough has done a lot to let people know about the plight the world is facing because of the diminishing bee population. You can hear his voice on Planet Earth and the Big Planet, and his post on Facebook has been shared more than 470,000 times. It is an interesting solution but one that can make a significant impact.
The ecosystem is dependent on the bee population and if the bees are gone, humans are not going to be very far behind. One-third of the food supply worldwide relies on bees to pollinate the crops. It is crucial to the diversity of life on earth. Yes, humans can pollinate plants but these do it naturally and efficiently.
Albert Einstein has often been quoted as saying:
“Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.”
It may or may not have been Mr. Einstein who made that statement but there does seem to be a lot of truth behind it.
It might all make you wonder what you can do in order to save the world. What if I told you that it would only take a spoonful of sugar and all of the problems could be answered. That’s right, a spoonful of sugar can save the bees.
Sometimes bees are too tired to fly back to their hives but if you leave a little sugar on your lawn, it can give them an energy boost. According to the viral Facebook post, you should mix a solution of 2 tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with a tablespoon of water. Leave it out on your property and the bees will find it. When a bee is too tired to make it back to the hive, put the sugar near the bee to help them survive.
There are also some other tips that you can do to help with the declining bee population.
- Plant a flower garden to give bees something to pollinate
- Don’t use pesticides on your lawn
- Buy raw, local honey
- Buy your food from organic farmers in your local area
- Start a bee colony
- Tell somebody else about this article
It may seem small but your small act of kindness may actually help to save the world.