The earth is a wonderful place to live in thanks to all the plants and animals that live alongside us. There are millions of species in our collective knowledge, and millions more that we have yet to discover. We live in a truly fascinating world, so it’s truly such a shame that our presence affects it in such a negative way.
Like it or not, human life is having a truly adverse effect on the delicate balance of nature. The flora and fauna in our world are suffering as a direct result of human activity: climate change, habitat loss, deforestation, pollution, the list goes on. As a result, Millions of plants and animal species are facing extinction every day. This extinction rate is happening so rapidly, it only rivals that faced by the dinosaurs. It’s been over 60 million years since the dinosaurs die out, and more species are going to die out if we don’t do something about it.
It is for this very reason that this year’s Earth Day theme is Protect Our Species. Even if we are driving certain species to extinction, we can still do something about it. Extinction rates can be slowed, and with any luck, reversed. All of us, as consumers, educators, and members of this global community, must band together in order for our actions to have an impact.
As a grassroots start-up that holds sustainability as one of our core values, we at Embla Home feel this year’s theme very strongly. If you visit the Earth Day 2019 web page, you’ll find that the first video they play is about our bees. As a company that crafts candles made with 100% pure beeswax, we know very well the impact and importance of bees in our environment and ecosystem. That is why, in relation to this year’s Earth Day theme of Protect Our Species, we want to give you five ways to Protect Our Bees.
1. Stop using pesticides and stop supporting products that use pesticides.
Pesticides, especially those that use neonicotinoids, are having an adverse effect on the bee population. Choose products that are grown without pesticides. Make a conscious decision as a consumer and pledge against pesticides.
2. Write to Congress on behalf of the bees.
Bees don’t have opposable thumbs, and even if they did, they’re simply too small to hold a pen, use a phone, or type on a keyboard. Be the voice for the bees and let your congress representative know how much they matter. Some laws you can champion are the Pollinator Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act.
3. Don’t kill bees when they come near you.
It sounds deceptively simple but it’s still worth saying. Don’t seat or squish bees like flies or mosquitoes. If one happens to wander near you, remain calm. If you flail around too much, you’ll actually be increasing your chances of getting stung. Simply walk away briskly, or guide the bee out to an open window.
4. Become a backyard beekeeper.
A beehive will do wonders for both your garden and the bee population. You don’t need to be an animal expert to take care of a beehive, either. There are a number of beekeeping resources that can help you get started. Websites like the California State Beekeepers or the Honeybee Health Coalition can arm you with information. You can also take a weekend workshop from the Planet Bee Foundation for some hands-on training and education.
5. Buy an Embla Candle.
When was the last time you treated yourself to something nice? A little bit of self-care for you goes a long way for the bees. Buy yourself a beautiful, sustainable candle from our collection today. All Embla Home candles are made from 100% beeswax, so bees are not just a big part of what we do, they are also crucial for the survival of our ecosystem. We donate 10% of every Embla candle sold to the Planet Bee Foundation. This non-profit organization raises education and awareness about the plight of the bee population, and empowers people from all sectors to take action.
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Bee The Change and Protect Our Species! Happy Earth Day 2019!