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Bees and other pollinators are under threat. Teach the younger generation to look after them in this bee friendly and well received story. One of the things that bees are suffering from is pesticide use. Pesticides kill bees as well as others that are considered as pests.
I have just had some teachers from a school that has its own bee project tell me how they thought Busy Bee and the Silent Spring was a wonderful book for children and educating them. How do I get that out to a wider audience?
As individuals we are, depending on what sort of society we live in, or where in that society we live, able to live a life of equality and of treating others with respect and equality. If you are in this position then maybe you are one of the few rather than the majority. The 2020 United Nations Development Program report into gender inequality makes some interesting and in some ways shocking reading.
In summary its study covered 75 countries that represented 80 percent of the global population and its Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in fields such as work, education and politics.
90 percent of men and women hold some sort of bias against women
Around 50 percent of men and women thought that men make better politicians (was this study really carried out after Trump and Johnson were elected?)
Over 40 percent felt that men made better business leaders and had more right to work if work was scarce
Most shocking was that 28 percent thought that it was justified if a man beat his wife (yes we are in the year 2020 and not 1620)
20 years ago today my partner and I arrived back in the UK after having spent a year backpacking and travelling around the world. It was a big part of my life education and I grew up a lot on that trip and learnt a lot. It changed my outlook completely from small and narrow minded British citizen to a broader outlook. Another bit of my education came a few years later with our first of many trips to Cuba. That first trip cemented my “Another World Is Possible” mindset. With my corporate redundancy two years ago I have been able to study the environmental changes happening to the life support systems that support all life on Earth, including the dumb human monkey. The current economics and business as usual models are almost completely disconnected from the processes that run the planet and brought us in 2019 to 415ppm CO2, a level not seen for millions of years. You cannot see it, feel it as distinct from the other atmospheric gases or smell it but its level of presence is an existential threat to our existence. For me I have completed the circle and my mindset is now the deepest red and the deepest green. Hasta la victoria siempre.
It appears our short term thinking as a species is yet again causing problems. We keep finding technical solutions and then our inability to control our population growth overloads our ability to feed it. Most individuals, and especially government, cultural or religious leaders forget or don’t want to believe that we live in an interglacial period. Put simply this means that the next ice age should be coming in 10 to 15,000 years. Maybe it won’t because of the greenhouse emissions that we have caused during the last couple of centuries. If it doesn’t return then there is probably going to be some form of climate chaos. If it did return then at some point all those people living in the high northern and southern latitudes would have to move towards the equator as the returning ice sheets wiped out their cities. Why can’t humans grasp this? Looking at the climatic record one of the blindingly obvious facts is that the Earth can only support a finite number of humans. And yet nobody wants to address this unsavory reality.
I have been contacting anyone that I can find through social media who has a connection with bees so that I can promote my book, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. Along the way I ran into Simon who runs www.beethecure.com
Simon believes if bees thrive humanity can thrive. With a focus on educating children about the importance of pollination and the rolls indigenous bees play, founder Simon Mulvany has personally saved over 400 colonies of honeybees that were due to be exterminated.
Simon also regular attends at schools to present his work to Australian school children. The enterprise is often featured in mainstream media with special emphasis on the campaigns calling for pesticides to be banned and to stop honey laundering and adulteration that is hurting Australian Beekeepers.
As a voice for small business we have created a honeymap that has been viewed over 430000 times connecting consumers to buy honey direct off the beekeeper.
Simon will be promoting my book and I will be supporting his work. You can donate to beethecure directly as above and if you buy my book from Amazon or any of our products from www.junagarhmedia.co.uk and let me know then I can make a donation from that sale to his cause.
This is the artwork for the new notice placed at the entrance to the meadow where Bea lives in the story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. The story is now available on the Kindle platform and devices that run the app. It is also available as a pdf from our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk, for PCs, Mac and tablets that have a pdf reader. From next week it will be available from Amazon as a Print on Demand A4 story and colouring in book.