For millions of years, mankind has benefited from bees. As one of the major pollinators of the natural world, bees help to provide the 90% of global nutrition. Not only that, bees help to keep a balanced ecosystem that ensures the continued survival of flora and fauna as well. 数百万年来，人类从蜜蜂中受益。作为自然界的传粉媒介之一，蜜蜂帮助提供全球90％的营养。不仅如此，蜜蜂还有助于保持平衡的生态系统，以确保动植物的持续存活。
For the last 10 years, bee populations have been steadily declining at an alarming rate. Millions of bees are killed due to the increasing use of pesticides as well as the non-discriminatory killing of bees.
To prevent this devastation of epidemic proportions, people all over the world are working tirelessly to increase awareness to prevent the demise of bees.
Singapore's Bees 新加坡的蜜蜂
Singapore is a small country with a very strong economic focus in banking, industrial services, and even IT. Agriculture, however, is not a main focus. As a result, less emphasis is placed on the conservation of natural pollinators such as bees.
Figure 1. Some of our Apis Cerana bees foraging on the flowers in our garden.
The general misconception of bees in Singapore is that they are dangerous pests that would sting you without provocation. Bees are lumped together in the category of wasps, ants, and other such pests. Thus, pesticides become the easy way out for the removal of bees. However, this cannot be further from the truth. Bees are generally harmless creatures that are only trying to forage for food for the colony. The only time a bee would sting somebody is if it feels threatened. Moreover, bees ultimately die if they sting humans, due to the fact that the stinger gets stuck inside human skin, so the bees really have no good incentive to go around stinging people.
Sadly, in Singapore alone, an estimated 1,000,000 bees are killed each year under government pest control services. This staggering number is only a conservative estimate, with actual numbers likely to be three times of that.
In order to increase awareness on the importance of our local pollinators, we are organizing a special event to provide an opportunity for participants to learn about and experience being around the bees.
We are aiming to hold this event in conjunction with the World Bee Day on the 20th of May.
To make this event successful, we plan to upgrade our bee garden to facilitate the participation of visitors in a meaningful way.
Figure 2. The current state of the beehives. Intended for upgrading before the event.
Some of the upgrades include一些升级包括:
- Redeveloping the current eco-bee garden, including the upgrading of hives.重新开发当前的生态蜂园，包括蜂巢的升级
- Increasing the security of our existing hives.增加我们现有生态蜂园的参观与安全性。
- Curating a better experience for our guests. 为我们的客人提供更好的体验。
Figure 3. Construction of steel shelters for our beehives.图3.为我们的蜂箱建造钢棚。
The event will require tents, food and drinks for the participants, as well as other logistical needs that will arise on the day itself.
So far, the main source of funds has been our own pockets. Thus, your donations would help us ensure the success of the above, as well as to further the goal of educating the public on the importance of bees, as well as to debunk any misconceptions that people have on bees.
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