Bee Week Encourages Community Activism

Bee Week Encourages Community Activism

Thanks to environmental activists and concerned citizens, people are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that bee populations have been declining at a dangerous rate for more than a decade. But why are bees dying, and why is their plight detrimental to other species?

One scientifically proven culprit is a specific kind of insecticide called neonicotinoids. Another reason behind declining populations is rising temperatures. Climate change has caused some plant and animal species to migrate, negatively affecting a once thriving habitat for bees. Why should humans work to prevent threats to bees? Potential endangerment of bee species could be devastating for many species since bees are the main pollinators for many fruits and nuts.

There is a seemingly infinite number of ways to become positively involved in this issue. Individuals can apply their abilities and interests towards awareness projects which inspire them. Bee Week, a series of events which educate citizens about bees, is an example of this type of creative effort. Bee Week was launched by the Piti Theater Company in 2014, and will continue this year with a fresh calendar of environmentally themed events.

There will be honey tasting, beekeeping workshops, and even a spelling bee! All of these gatherings will launch important conversations about environmental conservation. Experts will discuss another threat to bees- electromagnetic radiation- and how individuals can cut back on this threat by following best practices and assessing their use of electronic devices.

By attending these events as a family, parents can get their kids excited about making a difference, and may even want to incorporate bee awareness into a pre-existing or emerging interest in horticulture. Planting trees or flowers which attract bees, and decreasing pesticide use, are great ways to make a difference.

To get involved, check out the Piti Theater Company website for a full schedule of events, which will take place between June 3rd and June 18th, 2016, including:

  • Friday, June 3: Head over to 2nd Congregational Church on the Greenfield Town Common for “Bee Man,” a solo show by beekeeper Marc Hoffman where he portrays Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth, inventor of the modern day beehive. Co-presented by the 2nd Congregational Church and Franklin County Beekeepers Association at 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield, 7 pm. Tix: $5..
  • Saturday, June 4: 2nd Congregational Church Bee Fest, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm with activities and events for all ages, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA.
  • Thursday, June 9: Spelling Bee at Greenfield Public Library, 6:30 pm, sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street.
  • Saturday, June 18: Beekeeping Workshop at Just Roots, Greenfield Town Farm, 11 am. Learn bee-keeping basics with beekeeper Daniel Berry. 34 Glenbrook Rd. Details at http://www.justroots.org

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