The Honeybee Crisis

The Honeybee Crisis

A comprehensive look into the environmental and political implications of the honeybee collapse.
Jake V
Jake V

Climate change, habitat degradation, pesticides, and air pollution are among the many different factors causing bees to die in numbers like never before. We, as humans, are responsible for a great amount of these environmental crises. Now, don't feel threatened, I'm not saying that honeybee endangerment is specifically your fault. However, this issue is quite serious, and its consequences could be massive. It is mainly caused by corporate pollution, greed, and carelessness towards wildlife preservation.

What is at risk?

Agriculture. Bees pollinate a great majority, 70%, of the top 100 human food crops. A depletion in the pollination source is dangerously detrimental to the state of agriculture worldwide. Without pollination, we lose 90% of the planet's nutrition. You are not immune to this ecological risk; not solving it could mean less food on your plate at the end of the day. Bees are crucial in produce.

Honeybee life. I know you might not care about bees, seeing as you aren't one. However, this mindset is dangerous. If we push off the wellbeing of non-human species, we are putting many species at risk of extinction or endangerment. We have the ability to utilize renewable energy, however we continue to have war over oil.

What can be done?

Put your voice behind banning the use of synthetic pesticides. Pesticides are the largest human-related cause of the honeybee collapse, and using them has proven to be harmful on a few different facets. Farmers apply these chemicals to keep weeds and pests from destroying their supply, which is understandable. However, when this proves to be a burden to the health of pollinating species and to the humans who later consume the crops, the usage of pesticides clearly needs to be reviewed.

Stop habitat degradation. As we destroy the habitats of indigenous species to build new infrastructure, we are contributing to the collapse of honeybees. With less vegetation, there is less pollination, and consequently less food on your plate. Habitat destruction threatens the well being of not only honeybees, but basically any other specie within the area.

Change the system. Pay attention next time you go grocery shopping. Look for organic, non-genetically modified produce. Shop through a local organic farmer's market rather than a large commercial grocery store. By cutting consumer funding to the pro-synthetic pesticide industry, there will be less habitat destruction, economic greed, and loss of bee life. Pay attention to the current U.S. presidential election, look for the candidate who most firmly supports eco-political reform (hint: it's a 74-year-old socialist Jew).

The larger picture

Politically, this issue contributes to the multi-faceted environmental issues facing our planet currently. If you're flummoxed at the idea that greedy corporations are greatly contributing to the degradation of the planet, it's time to learn. This is an existential crisis that must be confronted today. The damage inflicted from this is, in some cases, irreversible. Unless we reform our reliance on oil and gas, we are environmentally fucked. This isn't just relevant to the honeybee endangerment, it is an overarching issue that is ubiquitous in the health of other indigenous species, global warming, factory farming, deforestation, and many more issues. I urge you to take this matter seriously. The impending consequences are immense.

Join Greenpeace in taking action to reform environmental legislation.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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