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The bees’ knees

Ironically, given that more than 10,000 beehives were ordered burnt in Canterbury last week, next Monday, May 20, is World Bee Day. Its aim is to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our planet’s ecosystem. The United Nations officially designated the day in 2018.

The idea came from Slovenia, where Beekeeper’s Day has been celebrated since 2011. Slovenia is known for its strong beekeeping tradition and has long recognized the importance of bees to its economy and culture.

Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend entirely, or at least in part, on pollination, along with more than 75 per cent of the world’s food crops and 35 per cent of global agricultural land.

Churches grasp sun worshipping

In the United States, churches are switching to renewable energy at a record pace.

The rising cost of electricity is a constant concern for churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship. With traditional methods putting a strain on already stretched budgets, churches are switching to renewable energy sources like solar panels. While the initial investment can be significant, the long-time reduction in utility bills frees up crucial resources for religious communities.

For many faith traditions, caring for creation is a core value. The concept of ‘going green’ aligns naturally with the teachings of numerous religions, offering a way to put those values into action.

Government incentives often help. Many states and municipalities offer tax breaks and grants specifically aimed at helping churches adopt renewable energy technologies.

Roger Parker
Roger Parker
Roger Parker is the Times-Age news director. In the Venn-diagram of his two great loves, news and sport, sports news is the sweet spot.

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