Campaigners in the US and Canada named today as national honey bee day to raise awareness on the plight of honey bees in local communities. Cities across the country celebrated with festivals to educate people on ways to protect the bee population and on beekeeping.
"Their whole ecosystem is crashing," Lisa Arkin, director of environmental group Beyond Toxic, told Oregon's KVAL news channel. "Without bees we would lose a third of the food that comes to our tables every day".
Why it matters: Raising awareness about the importance of honeybees and other bees and pollinators to our ecosystem and our diet is vital in the fight to help them. So a national honey bee day in the US and Canada is important. Hopefully it will lead to a new generation growing up much more knowledgeable about the benefits of insects and why we need to live in harmony with them.