Today is World Bee Day! This is the fourth time World Bee Day has been observed after the United Nations first designated the 20th of May as World Bee Day to raise awareness about the need to protect bees. As a creature that is a pollinator, bees are critical in the survival of plants and crops species. Bees pollinate plants by moving the pollen produced by the plant’s anther to the plant’s stigma which then produces seeds, making them a vital part of many ecosystems around the world.
The reason the United Nations is drawing attention to bees and their role as pollinators is because they are at risk of extinction. 35% of invertebrate pollinators, including various species of bees, are currently facing extinction. If they were to become extinct, the amounts of fruits, vegetables and nuts would likely decrease due to the lack of pollination and, as a result, our diets as we know them will change. It could also result in more people going hungry in developing nations.
Now that we know more about the important role bees play, you can share these fun classroom facts for World Bee Day with your students!