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An artist’s take on a world without bees

Florist company Bloom & Wild release shocking artist impressions of what our world would look like without bees.

Despite the overwhelming evidence proving that our planet’s environmental crisis has reached an absolutely critical point, it seems that some are still in denial.

Responding to the failure to treat climate change with the severity it deserves, Bloom & Wild have created a series of images that illustrate what a bee-less world would be like.

According to a study published by Nature Communications, in the UK alone, 33% of wild pollinator species have decreased in the last 30 years.

On a global scale, the Journal of Insect Conservation found that the population of American bumble bees dropped by 89% between 2007 and 2016 – crazy right? Wait till you see these photos. ‘Concerned about this overall decline,’ the UK-based flower delivery service ‘looked into what would happen to our environment, and the spaces in the world that we enjoy, if bees were to die out completely.’

Bees aren’t just crucial to our environment; they play an extremely important role in our day to day lives as the agriculture industry relies on their pollination to grow food and help crops reproduce. ‘It’s surprising to think how huge an impact bees have on our wellbeing. They are a key part of our ecosystem which need to be protected,’ says Caroline, a lead florist at Bloom & Wild.

If they do go extinct, not only would we see a dramatic change in our planet’s flora and fauna, but it would pose a great threat to our overall health.

‘Besides growing crops for food that ends up on our plates, bees are important for pollinating plants like clover and alfalfa, which are used to feed livestock. Without the bees, how would we get many of the foods that make up an important part of our diet?’ While we could technically survive in a bee-less world, it would be very different to what we know today.

It’s safe to say that life would be a lot less colourful. I mean, take a look at the terrifying contrast between these vibrant tulip fields in The Netherlands with the grey, almost apocalyptic landscape that would remain.

If this doesn’t wake us up to the realities of how bad climate change really is, I honestly don’t know what will. It’s time to make some changes and, most importantly, save the bees.

 

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