Nature’s Rebellion on Waterloo Bridge
Bees on the Bridge
Waterloo Bridge, April 2019.
With over one third of wild bees and hoverflies in decline across the UK, the appearance of the humble bee on Waterloo Bridge at the Extinction Rebellion’s protest over the Easter weekend inspired a lot of hope in us about the future. Bringing with them large numbers of plants, trees and with that a new habitat for bees in London. Could this be a vision for the future of London’s landscape?
The attention from the media has been focused on the arrestees and thus far has failed to acknowledge the presence of a forgotten hero. One who often goes a miss, but without our world would cease to exist as we currently know it.
The natural world is working to exist around a human dominated planet and is surprisingly resilient given the chance. Giving nature a helping hand is easier than you think.
Today is Earth Day 2019. A day to raise awareness about our role in protecting the natural world and a day that we would like to continue the conversation surrounding the conservation of this vital species in the global ecosystem.
Why We Need to Protect Bees
Plants need bees to pollinate, making bees indispensable pollinators of most ecosystems. There are 369,000 flowering plant species, and 90% of them are dependent on insect pollination. A honeybee can visit 50-1000 flowers in one trip; if a bee takes ten trips a day, a colony with 25,000 forager bees can pollinate 250 million flowers in a day.
Bees are a keystone species, with other species dependent on them to survive. Many species of animals depend on bees for their survival because their food sources, including nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits, rely on insect pollination.
Pollination not only makes food available for other organisms but also allows floral growth, which provides habitats for animals, including other insects and birds.
As pollinators disappear, the effect on the health and viability of crops and native plant communities can be disastrous. We simply cannot survive without bees.
Pollinators contribute billions to the world economy. The global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion. Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. agriculture industry, making up a third of the food consumed by Americans.
Threats to Bee Species
Widespread use of pesticides, neonicotinoids and GMOs
Loss of habitat, including land use changes, habitat fragmentation, loss of bio-diversity
Bees forced into service; monoculture
Pests, diseases, viruses, and mould.
Actions You Can Take to Help Us Protect Bees
Support a ban on the use of pesticides, especially neonicotinoid pesticides.
Become a beekeeper and plant a bee-friendly garden. Join one of London’s growing bee communities.
Learn how to go green, protect the environment and fight global warming with these 46 easy-to-follow tips.
Source: Earthday.org, Duna Films.
What is Extinction Rebellion?
Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
They have three demands in the UK:
For the government to "tell the truth about climate change"“
To reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025
Create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.
Duna Films are proud to support the Extinction Rebellion’s aims and will continue to ensure that our work is carried out in the most sustainable way possible.
A feeling of hope
Protesters enjoy the warm weather listening to inspirational talks, musicians and performers.
“This is bonkers.”
A member of XR Youth delivers an emotional speech on Good Friday protests on Waterloo Bridge.
A blossoming bridge
A young rebel
One of more than 1000 people who have bravely accepted being arrested to make a statement for what they believe in
We have one planet.
Let’s do whatever we can to protect it!