Google is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a honeylicious doodle, made in collaboration with The Honeybee Conservancy based in New York.
It took a hive to make today's interactive #EarthDay #GoogleDoodle possible 🐝🐝🐝 Huge thanks to @honeybeetweets for collaborating with us!
Swarm here to learn more → https://t.co/cbeIpTweSr pic.twitter.com/81gUtpOZ8K
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) April 22, 2020
The doodle has a fun game that lets you guide the bee to pollinate flowers alongside learning how bees help sustain our planet, according to the company's website.
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“I wanted to help save the bees, who pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and are vital to a healthy ecology. There are 20,000 species of bees around the world who do this essential work. In North America, currently, 1 in 4 of the 4,000 native bee species is at risk of extinction. On a larger scale, the world’s survival depends on theirs,” said Guillermo Fernandez, Founder, and Executive Director, The Honeybee Conservancy.
“Our flagship program Sponsor-a-Hive gives honeybee hives and native bee homes to organisations ranging from gardens to schools. By alleviating financial and educational barriers, we create access to resources that in turn produce food, improve the environment, and bring people together,” said Fernandez.
“We hope people understand the importance of bees to the earth and to humanity. For those who want to take action, anyone can have a positive impact by growing pollen-producing plants, ” says Google.
The search engine giant shared a few simple steps that can help save bees even while social distancing:
Support your local beekeeper
You could invest in your local beekeepers business, which helps raise bees and boosts the community.
Donate time or funds to local environmental groups
Making a donation to organisations support any conservation effort will help support the environment.
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Make safe havens for native bees
Around 30% of native bees live in holes inside trees and 70% live underground, you could help by providing them with nesting boxes that you can buy or make yourself.
Create a bee bath
This is probably the easiest way to help you could fill a shallow birdbath or bowl with clean water, and arrange stones inside so that they poke out of the water while on breaks from pollinating.
Plant a pollinator garden
We have plenty of time on our hands amid coronavirus lockdown so this activity can easily be done and to make it more fun you could do it with your kids too.
Make a garden in spaces ranging from window boxes to full yards, and consider using a mix of multi-season blooms to provide year-round sustenance.
A single bee has a huge impact on the plants and habitats it visits just imagine the pollinating power that trillions of bees have on ecosystems around the world.
Today's Doodle is extra special because it teaches us an important lesson: even the smallest actions by individuals around the world can achieve big results and we can draw inspiration from bees.