World Bee Day: How to Supercharge Our Planet
By Sarah Cloete
As we contemplate World Bee Day, consider if you have ever questioned the hexagonal shape of honeycomb? Scientists have spent many years developing concepts around why and how this phenomenon realises itself in bee colonies. The result is that theories abound around the numbers of bee legs, body parts and mathematical equations.
However, the ultimate result is that we are left to marvel at the workings of nature with no absolute watertight explanation. This primal hexagonal architecture is beautifully functional and resilient, the consensus on a comprehensive platform being that the cells seem to adhere to the ‘path of least resistance.’
Inherently it appears that the pattern of the block of cells influences their final shape. This leads us very neatly to the conclusion that a reminder of an efficiently operating structure in our natural environment exists and can be used to our benefit to reflect on this primordial law.
Honeycomb construction directly results from a collective pattern of behaviour involving hundreds of individuals. No precise governing body exists besides an inherent instinct, and each individual follows a set of simple rules related to their understanding of the survival of the whole. In this way, the environment influences the behaviour, and subsequently, the behaviour enhances the environment, an elegant little pattern of events. The astonishing outcome for us to consider is that our planet would not survive without bees.
Building a Resilient World
Peering down the proverbial rabbit hole, would it be possible for human tourism traffic to follow the same basic framework? Could we produce a self-supporting structure that enhances our earth based on our inherent instinct?
Each individual traveller would have his pre-determined interest in environmental conservation according to his skills and prowess, and in carrying out a simple interaction with current initiatives working in his chosen holiday zone – in the overall scheme, he could support and build a structured and resilient world for all to benefit from.
Supercharge Our Planet
Like bee colonies, humans can work towards a set of collective goals in their chosen destination to ensure the survival of our colony. Examples include land regeneration, basic education, human/wildlife conflict and community stewardship initiatives. As a result, we could systematically supercharge our planet for very little extra effort.
One of the common goals of the colony is to produce honey safely and effectively, which is used to nourish the hundreds of female worker bees and drones and to keep the queen bee alive and produce over three thousand eggs per day. Who would be the queen in our world? Who is the natural producer with the instinct to ensure the colony’s survival?
By becoming the tourism worker bees and drones of the world, we can choose to support the natural aspects of our planet with conscious investigation and interaction into local, well-established initiatives towards the collective goal of supporting our own queen, our own producer, Mother Earth.
Suddenly an annual holiday to a natural environment turns into a life-changing event. Consider this the next time you venture into Africa’s Eden and seek out safari camps that take the needs of our planet into each of their decisions.