I’m not what I would really consider a hippie. I’m not politically-minded enough, I don’t think, to be one. But I do have hippie-leanings in that I believe peace and love are noble ideals. And given that, within our species, we have even an awareness of these notions almost requires us to strive for them. In my mind, at least.
I’m very concerned about the state of things in the world and in humanity. It’s time we move forward and begin to think as a planet and not as nation-states with lines dividing us physically, spiritually, and mentally. Our survival as a species depends on it.
There are a good number of issues we need to address but something troubles me right now and it should trouble you, too. We need to address this now.
Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply.
Multiple factors — pesticides, fungicides, parasites, viruses and malnutrition — are believed to cause the losses, which were officially announced today by a consortium of academic researchers, beekeepers and Department of Agriculture scientists.
“We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we don’t have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands,” said entomologist Dennis vanEngelstorp of the University of Maryland, who led the survey documenting the declines.
We need to seriously evaluate whether what we’re doing for out planet is healthy or not. Because we might be playing a hand in our own extinction. And that just really would not be good. At all.
How do we solve this problem?
Companies that produce neonicotinoid-based pesticides, including the German giant Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, the big Swiss biochemical company, have lobbied strenuously against the moratorium. Monsanto incorporates the chemical into some of the seeds it produces; in the United States, neonicotinoids are heavily used on the country’s huge corn crop.
We need to save the bees.
It’s time that we start thinking like a planet. Not as governments. Not as corporations. Not as any entity other than collectively as a species. The one species that recognizes and can control it’s own existence as a species.
What do we do?
There is a planned global March Against Monsanto on May 25th, 2013. Here’s a page on Facebook about it. If you’re curious, google it as well. That’s a good step, I think, but we need to go bigger than stopping one corporation. We need to mentally shift.