Morgan Freeman has starred in and directed movies for decades, and his iconic voice is familiar to us all. While his latest move is far removed from the bright lights of Hollywood, it’s every bit as ‘buzz’ worthy.
Freeman has decided to step up to the plate and do something about dwindling bee populations – which are frighteningly low, to say the least.
Over the years, bee populations have been decreasing at a steady clip. Between 2015 and 2016, the US lost 44% of its bees.
“It seems that now is a more crucial time than ever to find effective methods to protect them,” said Jodi Monelle, founder and CEO of LIVEKINDLY.
According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), researchers are referring to this massive decline in populations as ‘Colony Collapse Disorder.” Adding that there are fewer hives in the US now than there has ever been in the last 50 years.
This ‘collapse’ is largely related to environmental damage. After all, bees rely on a “very delicate ecosystem.”
Thankfully, Freeman is doing his part to help restore bee populations by transforming his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a sanctuary for wild bees. He has planted a variety of bee-favorites such as fruit trees, magnolia trees, clover and lavender.
Freeman announced his new hobby of beekeeping to the world in 2014 during a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon. At the time, he had only picked up the hobby two weeks before. Over five years later, and he’s still hard at work tending to the bees.
Even when he first started caring for bees, he admitted he never wore a protective bee suit – choosing to be one with the bees.
During his interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he is teased about forfeiting a suit, with Jimmy insisting he will get stung. Freeman insists he has “resonated” with the bees and will not get stung.
“I have not ever used the beekeeping hat with my bees. They haven’t stung me yet, as right now I am not trying to harvest honey or anything, but I just feed them…I also think that they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here.’”
He was inspired to help the bees after hearing about massive die-offs that continued to occur year after year. That’s when he decided to import 26 hives from Arkansas. Once they arrived, he went to work feeding them sugar water.
“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…I have a lot of flowering things, and I have a gardener too,” explained Freeman.
He added: “As she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘OK, what would they like to have?’, so we have got acres and acres of clover, and we have some planting stuff like lavender, I have got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms.”
A loss of bees isn’t just bad news for the bees. It’s bad news for you and me, too. While many of us fear their little stingers, and some of us are even allergic, bees play an important role in our ecosystem.
Not to mention, bees don’t want to sting you because they die after they sting humans.
Bees pollinate our crops and help regulate our food supply. As little as two percent of bees are responsible for pollinating eighty percent of all crops around the world.
These tiny creatures are incredibly mighty, and work very hard.
If we lose bees, we will also lose eighty percent of our crops – including everything from oranges to apples, blueberries, avocados, broccoli, onions, almonds and more.
Other living organisms will suffer as well. Bees play an important role in feeding a variety of plants and animals. A loss of bees translates to a loss of many flowers, as well as birds, mice, and squirrels.
It’s difficult to determine just how much Freeman’s efforts are paying off in terms of bee populations around the states, or even worldwide. Nonetheless, he serves as an inspirational example.
Sure, we don’t all have hundreds of acres to plant bee-friendly trees, but even a couple plants here and there will help.
Other ways you can help save the bees include:
- Don’t use pesticides or other chemicals in your garden
- Only purchase raw, local honey
- Learn how to be a beekeeper – even if you do so on a much smaller scale than Morgan Freeman
- Plant clover, dandelions, lilacs, lavender, tomatoes, mint, sunflowers, toadflax – these are just some of the many bee-friendly plants out there
Source: Higher Perspective