While Covid-19 has forced many to stay indoors around the world, mother nature has been able to work her magic. Under lockdown, there has been less traffic resulting in less pollution which has improved the environment globally.
In the U.K., for example, the bee population has been thriving. Beekeeper Helen McGregor states: “Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees. Hopefully, we see these changes lasting.”
With the current “new normal” people are shopping more locally, driving less, and thus polluting less.
Bees are one of the most important pollinators in agriculture and have been suffering a large decline over the years due to the climate crisis and resilience to manmade pesticides. As of late last year, they had been added to the endangered species list.
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization had reported pollinators create $235 to $577 billion of global crops worldwide, making bees a vital role in the production of food.
This news is definitely something to “bee” happy about and should give us hope that our actions really can make a difference and improve the Earth.