World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20, the day in 1734 that Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. Without bees, flowers and crops can’t be pollinated properly, and other organisms that are harmful to plant life can thrive.
In "Bee News," Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a beekeeping sanctuary, at 81-years old. The Oscar-winning actor first mentioned his passion for saving the bees from colony collapse disorder back in 2014. He told Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Tonight, “We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet."
Another celebrity bee advocate is David Attenborough, who has shared a remedy to help save tired bees in the summer: Leave a teaspoon of sugar and water to help rehydrate them. Why? Well, the 92-year-old documentary maker warns us that humans would only have 4 years to live if bees became extinct, noting that 1/3 of bees have already died out.
We are adding to Attenborough's Step 1 remedy with a follow up Step 2: Tattoos in the name of our favorite pollinators.