In 2023 we saved no less than 17,500 Euros. Thanks to you, that is: we donate 1% of your well-spent money to three wonderful causes that help Mother Nature to become and stay healthy. And this whopper in the field of planet care is also one of our charities. LETZZZZZZ HEAR IT FOR...

 


THE BEE FOUNDATION

The Bee Foundation (De Bijenstichting) is committed to the survival of the bee. Because: worldwide the bee population is declining at alarming rates. How did that happen? Do you have a minute? Climate change. Pesticides. Loss of habitat. Diseases. Bees are slowly but surely heading towards becoming an 'endangered species', and we explain with appropriate reluctance why that is EXZZTREMELY bad news.

 


PLAN BEE

Bees are literally vital to the survival of humanity. Without bees there are no plants, without plants there is no food. That's right, and don't just think about vegetables and fruit - animal foods such as meat, dairy and eggs come from animals that feed on... right, plants. Are you reading this blog while enjoying a cup of coffee? Comes from the coffee plant. Is it wine-o-clock yet? Grapes do not pollinate themselves. Grains, nuts, seeds, you name it. About 75% of crops grown for human consumption worldwide depend on bees for pollination.

Add to this the indirect benefits of bee pollination, such as improving environmental health and protecting biodiversity, and you understand the Bee Foundation's objective: to safeguard the survival of the bee, now and for the future.

 

There is no Plan B. Everything depends on Plan Bee.

THE BEE FOUNDATION IN ACTION

We have listed the most important spearheads of the Bee Foundation, including examples of the efforts they are already making.

    • Conserve and restore bee populations by protecting their habitat and raising awareness of their importance.
      • Action: spreading awareness (Webinars, workshops, courses);
      • Action: Encouraging individuals to make their gardens bee-friendly. Demonstration fields and borders in the private, publicly accessible garden;
      • Action: national campaign 'Maai Mei Niet' (Do Not Mow May) 2024. Together we make lawns and lawns throughout the Netherlands bloom for the bees. 'Maai Mei Niet' wants to transform boring lawns into bee oases full of flowers. Your lawn can also participate, because did you know that there are more plants in your lawn than just grass? They come to life as soon as you let (part of) your lawn bloom. Bees and butterflies benefit from this. So join us, leave your lawn mower in the garage and create a set table for these cheerful buzzers!
    • Improve the living conditions of endangered wild bee species through: information and stimulation of local activities.
      • Action: encouraging communal and provincial governments to make their territory more bee-friendly, including by introducing a different mowing policy for roadsides and lawns;
      • Action: Encourage water boards to make their territory more bee-friendly. This can be achieved by, among other things, introducing a different mowing policy for verges, dikes and banks.
      • Influencing (Agricultural) policy through legal procedures.
        • Action: appeal against the authorization of insecticides that kill bees;
        • Action: Organizing petitions and citizen initiatives to get pesticides banned.
        • Partnerships with other environmental organizations, both national and international.
          • Steenbreek Foundation: known for 'tile rocking', is concerned with biodiversity (including through greening the urban environment);
          • Save the Bees Coalition: a partnership between several European organizations with the aim of banning neonicotinoids and improving the protection of insects against pesticides;
          • Buglife: the only organization in Europe fully committed to the conservation of invertebrates. This British-based organization is active at European level;
          • Save Bees and Farmers: As a Dutch partner of this European Citizen Initiative, the Bee Foundation calls on the European Commission to support an agricultural model that allows farmers and biodiversity to thrive in harmony.

          MAY 20 - WORLD BEE DAY

          Save the date. Although the Bee Foundation does not receive any credit for this global initiative, we want to mention it to demonstrate that the survival of the bee is now high on the global agenda. Rightly so, and you now also know why. World Bee Day has been declared worldwide by the United Nations to draw attention to the importance of bees. In the Netherlands, World Bee Day is organized/coordinated by the Bijenvrienden (Bee friends) foundation and the Bee Foundation. Why May 20? The month of May is a special month for honey bees. Colonies are very active during this time, produce plenty of spring honey and swarm. Many wild bee species are also active in May. We call on everyone to consider the bees in your living environment on this day.

          Is the Bee Foundation's passion for protection rubbing off on you? On Bijenstichting.nl you will find several ways to contribute, from ambassadorship to donations and volunteer work - the latter especially for the buzzzy bees among us who mean real beez-ness.

          On behalf of Plein Publique, the Bee Foundation and a lot of happy bees: thank you for your contribution. Bee good, bee happy.