World Bee Day is celebrated on 20 May each year. Bees are extremely important to our ecosystem and losing them would be a bad…sting, to us as a human population. It’s not all about honey as bees are responsible for the pollination of half the amount of foods that we have on a regular basis. This includes foods such as carrots, apples, blueberries, almonds, and beans.
One great way to educate ourselves and our kids about the importance of bees is by watching shows centred around bees (and no, we aren’t referring to that weird bee movie where a girl and a bee fall in love). Here is a list of videos and documentaries that you can watch to learn more about these buzzing heroes of our ecosystem.
Learning about Bees on World Bee Day
The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans
Kurzgesagt came up with this fantastic video explaining why the bee population is dying and why we need to care. We really liked the illustrations bringing the whole topic to life.
Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
This TED talk by Marla Spivak, a passionate advocate of bees is engaging and easy to understand. She reveals four reasons on why bees around the world are dying dramatically and why the death of a small bee holds a mirror that gives us a glimpse on what it would take for us as a human population to be next.
Keep the Hives Alive
In June 2016 a group of beekeepers, farmers, community organizers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens from the US banded together to host the “Keep the Hives Alive Tour” to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline. See their full documentary at the link below and find out more about their movement here.
Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
This documentary gives an alternative look at the global bee crisis. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. You’ll be surprised by the ride of emotions you’ll feel as you watch this documentary. You can watch the full documentary on their website for a fee.