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BEElieve brings fight for the bees to campus

BEElieve brings fight for the bees to campus

If there is one club making a buzz around campus, it is BEElieve—a group dedicated to saving the bees through environmental preservation and public awareness.

You may have seen BEElieve hard at work around campus already. They held a number of fundraisers and information sessions around campus over the past year and a half. According to the President Nathalie Walker ’19, this semester will be the busiest yet.

In February they will be advertising with stickers in Starbucks to raise awareness for the club and its cause. On March 14 there will be a showing of the “Bee Movie” on campus. You are encouraged to bring your own mug for tea and honey so that you get the full bee experience.

There will even be some changes made to the campus in April, when the club is planning to work with Grounds Maintenance to plant natural growth bee pollinators near the library. They will also remove invasive vegetation to help promote natural growth for busy pollinators.

The big event for this semester is still in the making. The club is hopeful to travel to a farm outside of Baltimore with children from local elementary schools to explain the importance of bees in person.

“The purpose of these events is to have a good time while learning what bees do for humans,” Walker said.

In a previous information session, members of the club explained that one reason for the bee colonies collapse is environmental change caused human behavior and policy. Since 2006, bees have been mysteriously disappearing, and scientists believe that certain insecticides are part of the problem.

According to a video from a BEElieve presentation, bees are responsible for 70 percent of the production of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, along with $200 billion in global revenue. Since bees hold such a significance to agriculture around the world, there is a desperate need to restore their population.

The club is eager to increase awareness and participation in their battle for the bees. You can check them out at the student activities fair on Feb. 6, or email Walker at [email protected] with any questions.


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