A unique celebration is fast approaching with World Bee day 2019 to be observed on Monday 20th May. But How can you turn this niche celebration into some great content for your readers worldwide? Here are three content topic ideas that you can use as a starting point.
1. The history of World Bee Day
According to WorldBeeDay.org, the main purpose of World Bee Day is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival. They say that it must be realised that simply proclaiming World Bee Day does not do much for bees and other pollinators; the main work aiming towards their preservation still needs to be undertaken and World Bee Day is an excellent opportunity in this regard. Beekeepers and nature conservationists would like to ask everybody to help improve the conditions for bees, thus improving conditions for the survival of people. No major steps are needed; what counts is each and every action that facilitates the existence of bees.
World Bee Day was first observed by Slovenia in April 2015, after the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association presented the initiative to the United Nations and suggested that it be further observed on May 20th annually – in commemoration of Anton Jansa, a renowned pioneer in modern beekeeping. The month of May is also significant as it is the month when pollination begins in the northern hemisphere and bees begin to reproduce. In the southern hemisphere, it is the time when bee products, such as honey and beeswax, are beginning to be harvested. Slovenia is a country with one of the highest numbers of beekeepers and is the only country that has adopted legal measures to protect the bees.
2. Our reliance on bees
Research has shown that the protection of bees and other pollinators significantly contribute to food security on a global level. It is estimated that bees are vital for the production of almost a third of the food that we consume. Examples include avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, and sunflowers for oil, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwis, cherries, cranberries, and melons. For crops such as blueberries and almonds, the honey bee plays an essential role in the pollination of commercial crops, with around 80% of the US crop said to be dependent on honey bees. Honey bees can also pollinate clover and alfalfa, which are fed to cattle, so there are implications for the meat and dairy industry too. And that is not to mention the huge range of manufactured food products made from all these ingredients.
Many flowering food crops in the UK rely on honey bees for this service, for example, apples, pears, field beans, runner and dwarf beans, broad beans, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries – with 39 commercial crops reliant on bees in total. Even if a crop is not directly pollinated by a honey bee, the crop still benefits indirectly from being in an environment in which honey bees are working, due to the increased biodiversity in the area which stimulates the crop. In 2008, the British Bee Keepers Association also estimated that honey bees make a significant contribution to the UK economy with a £165 million annually generated through pollination by insects. That figure was risen to £200 million in 2009, by the UK’s Public Accounts Committee.
3. A suggestion of fun activities that can be adapted and enjoyed under a variety of circumstances, such as team building, children’s parties, family activities, etc.
• Making bee burrows
Why not take team building back to nature and gather work colleagues for a day in the local woodland creating bee burrows? With some simple bamboo tubes, a little twine and a bit of loose dirt, a complete bee burrow complex can be created in no time – if they are situated by a water source then it’s even better! Why not add a little competition to the day too and split into teams to see which can build the biggest burrow or the most number of burrows? The ideas are endless and this activity can also be used for children, it’s great for Birthday parties. Cheap, simple and helpful to Mother Nature.
• Take a trip to a local bee farm
Have you ever wondered where your honey comes from? Well, wonder no more and investigate it for yourself. Search for your nearest beekeeper and spare an hour or so to see how the golden treat on your morning porridge came to be. This activity can be enjoyed by all of the family and makes for the perfect weekend event. Except, if you are allergic to bees, then it’s probably best to stay away.
• Welcome bees into your garden
Is there a wasted plot of land at work? Or, is your home garden in need of a colour splash? There are a plethora of brightly attractive flowers out there that can add a visual lift to any bit of neglected land while also simultaneously inviting the buzz of a bee. From Alyssums and Monardas to Trifolium and Geraniums, bees and other pollinators are not that fussy, as long as there is a shallow water source nearby (which could be a dish of rainwater), you can create a little haven that allows them to flourish in peace and carry on.
These are just three simple ideas for themed content that can be written and produced in preparation for World Bee Day each year. By doing so, you’ll be helping your readers observe the day and appreciate the impactful meaning behind it.
So get creative and help spread the word and golden goodness of World Bee Day.
Like what you see? Why not check out more here