Living Responsibly—The Bees and We: Make Your Life a Beautiful Prayer

“Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.”
—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Christine Muller (faculty for the Wilmette Institute’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind courses) continues to give us monthly tips aimed at helping us to live more socially and environmentally responsible lives and to treat our physical world with the respect it deserves. We hope that, as we make these tips a part of our habits, we will collectively be mitigating the severity of climate change, reducing human suffering, and keeping the Earth a livable place for the next generations.—THE EDITORS

by Christine Muller

The Bees and We

pollinators - animal wheel, courtesy USDA Forest Service websiteThe world is in an unprecedented pollinator crisis. Domesticated bees are suffering from numerous serious problems, and the number of wild bees, bumblebees, and other wild pollinators has declined dramatically. You don’t need to be an environmentalist to care: We all depend on these pollinators for many of our food crops. So what can we do? (1) We can provide habitat with native plants in our yards and farms and even in window boxes. Natural lawns that are diverse and include other plants, such as clover and dandelions, are also bee friendly. (2) We can avoid pesticides. Bees are our most important pollinators. Other insects such as butterflies are also pollinators. Using insecticides kills these insects. Herbicides kill important native plants, such as milkweed, that Monarch butterflies rely on as a food source and a place to raise young. We can avoid the use of chemicals and maintain our garden in a natural, organic way, perhaps even accept some damage on plants that provide habitat for butterfly and moth larvae. For more information and ideas, check out the Pollinators website of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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UPCOMING TIPS
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Shop Smart—Buy in Bulk

TIPS FROM 2018
Shower Less  /  Avoid Plastics  /  Purchase Mindfully  /  Why Eat Organic?

TIPS FROM 2017
(Choose Reusable Shopping Bags / Insulate Your House / Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings / Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture / Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap / Go Solar / Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry / Ethical and Easy Lawns / Buy Clean Energy / Eat Less Beef / Home Energy Audit / Searching the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)

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