bees, Environmental issues

Bee prepared

Imagine a life with veggies and fruits as luxury goods, because you can’t grow them in your garden anymore. You have to eat corn and rice everyday. The dystopia of living a movie-like life (Interstellar) could become our reality. Maybe even sooner than later.
But what could cause the situation that I’m describing here? Maybe an atomic war or aliens putting a hex on our plants? I’m talking about none of that, I talk about the dying of the bees.

Maybe that causes a little laughter, or you have never actually thought About these little machines at all, then you should now! And yes, I call them machines! They are responsible for 80% of plant pollination all over the world. That means, they are the most productive workers in the entire farm-working-chain (not in Sechuan/China anymore, because they are already gone there). Bees are responsible for 200 BILLION € profit per year in the farming sector. If bees, including all kinds of wildbees and bumblebees as well, are gone, so is 1/3 of the Worlds comestibles.
Agriculture would suffer a lot from what farmers and government are responsible for in the first place. It’s like a dog biting its own tail. It’s a dead end.

Number one cause for the mass mortality of our little busy friends is the use of PESTIZIDES. Especially GLYPHOSAT makes bees suffer a lot, it takes away their sense of orientation and when they can’t find the way back to their beehive, they will just die from exhaustion at some point.
Little sidefact: The permission of the use of GLYPHOSAT in agriculture got prolonged by the EU in Spring 2018, even as there are studies that confirm that this particular pestizite is responsible for cancer in human beings.
Especially the wild- and bumblebees suffer from building development, forest clearance and Asphalt coating. Their natural habitat gets smaller and smaller and makes them starve to dead.
Besides those two main facts, there is the impact of monocultures which affects their life a lot and the struggle with the varroa mite, which is a natural enemy of the honey bee, but this is something the apiarist knows how to handle (of course there are natural and chemical ways to treat that mite. both are effective, so why choosing the chemicals? Because it’s cheaper? Well, congrats!)

If society thinks of pollination, we think of honey bees, but they are actually not the most productive workers of their species. Especially bumblebees are diligent and dedicated workers. They work at any weather, they can stand the cold better than their thinner family members, and they are not as picky as honey bees. Bumblebees go for nectar and pollen and honey bees are only happy with pollen. Bumblebees also have a better sense of orientation and especially in Europe there are more and more breeders that deliver bumblebees to greenhouses all over the world. Of Course there are black sheep in the industry that just kill the bumble bees, when they start to get lazy and are ready for reproduction. Bred bumble bees are also susceptible for different diseases and it’s critical if they get out of the greenhouse and mix with the wild bumblebees, but I think that we are on a good way to #safethebees and therefore ourselves.

So what can you, as a simple Person, do to help the species survive?
Plant flowers with nectar and pollen, which have different blooming seasons, so that there is enough nectar and pollen all over the year and buy them a little winter house (you get that in most building supply stores) and let those houses face to the south, so that they have it cosy and warm inside.

Most important though is, that you watch out where you buy your food and if GLYPHOSAT is used as a treatment and refuse to buy it, if the answer is yes!

#safethebees
#safetheplanet
#glyphosatboycott

food, self-development, Yoga

How to stay sane?

Hunting after adventures is my big passion for sure, but what really matters in life is health and mental well-being. I only realized this, when I lacked those essentials, so I figured out, that prevention is the key for fullfilling my best life and chasing my dreams.

In my adolescence, when I just moved out of my parents house and into my new students life in Vienna., I had a lot of troubles with adapting to all the changes and that resulted in health issues. Not only did I get sick on a monthly basis, but I kind of got a depression and just felt completely lost and worthless. So i started digging deeper, to find the cause of the change in my personality and body.

I really got into traditional chinese Medicine (TCM), which helped me reconnect with myself again. At that time I changed my sleeping routine and my eating habits. I started my day with a warm (cooked) breakfast like soup, got rid of most milk products and cut sugar and alcohol out for some time and I went to bed and got up at the same time every day. I quickly realised, that those 2 factors had such a huge impact on my well-being and so I found a way to integrate them into my day-to-day life.

At About the same time I started doing Yoga, which is now one of my professions and my biggest passion. I first got into it, because I wanted to have an athletic body, but the more I practiced, the more I realised, that yoga is so much more than just downdog and handstands.
I finally felt my Body again, I didn’t even know, that I havent felt it properly for years. All the breath work combined with really turning inwards and just being changed my view on all the things on the outside, and I reconsidered the presence and importance of a lot of things and people in my life. I got rid of everything/one that didn’t serve me anymore and kept me from growing and being my true self.

The latest discovery I made sounds really simple, but has so much power.
TAKE IT EASY. Stop stressing About Things, that are not in your power to change, and focus on the things, that you can actually change. Find trust in the universe (or however you like to call the higher power), and most important trust yourself again, as everything already is to be found within you.

 

Let’s raise #healthawareness for ourselves and for supporting the people that suffer from a lack of health.

Environmental issues

I’m going down on my knees, baby!

…that could come in a sexual context, but I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. There is something going down on the knees though, it’s our planet, that has been suffering for decades and slowly, but surely it goes down and it looks like we will go down with it.

Today is EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY!

But what exactly does that mean? Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the earth can regenerate in that year. So within half a year, the population needs, what the earth can provide within a year.

This is a devastating story and I will not leave you feeling empty, without any solutions. 😉
There actually is something we, the population, can do to #safetheplanet.

The Global Footprint Network has devided the steps to move the EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY into 4 approaches:

  • Cities -> smart transport systems could make your day-to-day life easier and help the planet to survive at the same time!

 

  • Food -> by reducing food waste (and every person is responsible for that) and increasing the efficieny in production the EOD can be postponed!

 

  • Energy -> completely cutting fossil fuels before 2050 is definitely possible. Not only is it good for our planet, but it would also reduce costs in everyones life. The technologies needed already exist, so the shift just needs to happen!

 

  • Population -> by reducing the birthrate (in 3rd world countries) we can not only safe the earth, but this also means that the biocapacity (living Standards/wealth) per family increases. We can especially work on it by educating girls all over the world. #educationiskey

If you want to know more about the topic or your ecological footprint in general, go have a look at https://www.overshootday.org/

This should bother all of us!

#safetheplanet