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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

GreeNexus Consulting is excited to participate in Earth Day 2019. Right now, the Earth is experiencing catastrophic species extinction. Every day, across the world, species are dying--some to the point of extinction. This trend is growing exponentially. As we seek to develop our communities, we forget to consider the consequences of this development. We must become mindful of how human actions affect the ecosystems that support species (including our own).

The western honey bee or European honey bee is the most common of the 7–12 species of honey bee worldwide. (via Wikipedia)

Did you know that beekeepers have been reporting devastating hive losses of about 30% per year? One in four wild bee species is at the risk of extinction in the US. But why is this important? It's because bees are known as a keystone species.

Keystone species have major ecological affects when removed. As we know, bees are pollinators. Ninety percent of following plant species rely on insects to pollinate them. This includes the beautiful flowers we plant in our gardens and the vegetables and fruit that is grown in our fields and groves. Pollinating insects, such as the bees, contribute $24 billion to the US agricultural economy. This means that 1/3 of our food is produced by these pollinators. Simply put, we cannot survive without the bees.

How can you help bees? Urge your congress member to support the Pollinator Recovery Act or Endangered Species Act. You can also support bans on pesticides such as neonicotinoid pesticides which are incredibly harmful to bees. Or you can simply plant a bee friendly garden full of native and adaptive plants.

Thank you for supporting GreeNexus and our planet, on Earth Day and every day!

Information taken from https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/earthday2019/

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