The Right to Be(e) competition 2016

photo beeIn spring 2016, we planned a competition throughout Europe, encouraging people to organise actions that help the bees in urban areas. We invited all member organisations and YEE friends to take part in our campaign within their communities.

The activities took place in April and May 2016. We collected materials from all teams, promoted them within the YEE network and included them in this year's bee competition for best activity to help the bees. The winner was EYAS and their creative Twitter campaign to promote the importance of bees. All results are shown below. Congratulations to all participants!

You can find below the activities organised by all participants within the campaign, as well as other useful materials for inspiration. 

Keep buzzing!

 

ENTRY MODELS

Games about bees and planting action in Toulcuv Dvur

Who organised the activity: YEE office

When it took place: 22 April 2016

Where it took place: Toulcuv Dvur, Prague (Czech Republic)

What happened: On the Earth Day celebration YEE prepared a few activities for children. We had n ongoing workshop on making paper bees (which they could stick to flower pots), a game about the fruits and vegetables we can find in the garden that can be pollinated by bees, bee face painting. We also organised a planting action in the farm with the children through which we planted sunflower seeds and greenpea seeds.

Why do you want to help the bees: because they help us in so many ways and they contribute significantly to the health of our planet.

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Planting flowers in Macedonia

Who organised the activity: Vladimir Jordanov

When it took place: 17 May 2016

Where it took place: Stip, Macedonia

What happened: I planted a bee-friendly Gerbera Daisy flower in the garden of my house

Why do you want to help the bees: to have balanced and healthy ecosystems 

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Planting flowers beside the trees on the city's sidewalk

Who organised the activity: EDEN Center

When it took place: 6 May 2016

Where it took place: Tirana, Albania

What happened: For the campaign we planted some flowers with the intention to increase the awareness regarding the bee issue by asking the interested ones to donate flowers to be planted beside the trees on the sidewalk as we did. Find out more here.

Why do you want to help the bees: we want to highlight the importance that the bees represent for the nature as well as humans; a reason why we are part on the campaign too.

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 Actvities for the bees in Serbian elementary schools  

Who organised the activity: Two elementary schools from Sombor, Serbia.

When it took place: 21 May 2016

Where it took place: It took place in our school, both in biology classroom and in school garden.

What happened: We talked about biodiversity and the importance of bees in human life and in nature in general. Also we talked about global problem-disappearing of bees, and thus to that we watched this video. After that we planted some flowering plants in our school garden. Also, we made few interesting magnets with bee, flower and hive motives that are now in our biology classroom, and in our homes.

Why do you want to help the bees: Importance of bees in life of all living creatures is enormous. They provide us food, they provide food to animals and reproduction to flowering plants. Without bees our life would be very different from this that we live now. So if we want to change nothing and to have various food in our plates, we need to help and protect the bees.

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Twitter campaign about the importance of bees

Who organised the activity: EYAS Young European Association for International Cooperation

When it took place: From 5th – 11th June 2016

Where it took place: Zaragoza and Madrid, Spain

What happened: We launched an online twitter campaign raising awareness about the protection of bees. It was a 7 days campaign, starting on the Environmental World Day (5thJune). We structured the campaign in 7 topics, answering with facts to these question:
Day 1: Why bees are so important?
Day 2: Why bees can disappear?
Day 3: Inspiring initiatives for the protection of bees
Day 4: What can we do for bees? Supporting this topic we planted 2 flower plants on the roofs of Madrid (photo)
Day 5: Let's share bee friendly workshop ideas
Day 6: Support your local community. Supporting this topic the team bought local honey in Zaragoza (photo)
Day 7: Spread the message!

The language used was Spanish. We reached 60 people and organizations directly, having likes and retweets JWe also mentioned organizations such @Greenpeace_Es @ONU_es and @UN to have more impact. The account for the campaign was @eyas_europe and the following hashtags were used: #RightToBee #salvemoslasabejas #SOSabejas #DMMA2016

Why do you want to help the bees: Because they balance nature and keep biodiversity.

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Having a bee-friendly garden with a wild corner

Who organized the activity? Ylona Erard

When it took place: 10th of June 2016

Where it took place: Drome, France

What happened: In the back of my garden, we have two beehives. This year I decided to let a part of the garden growing wild and it turned into beautiful wild flowers. They are really appreciated by bees and bumblebees that are buzzing all around.

Why do you want to help the bees? Because I am not sure people realize how important they are. How would be my garden without bees? How would be nature without bees?

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Raising awareness on bees with online activities and meeting of beekeepers and strawberry farmers 

Who organized the activity?Ketevan Kochladze – Georgia Youth Eco Movement SAEM
 
When it took place: 11-12th of June 2016
 
Where it took place: Online, and In two villages of Samtskhe –Javakheti
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What happened: Youth and Environment Europe inspires us to participate in Right To BE(E) Campaign. We decided to make online and particular activities. In this way it was easier to invite more participants who were interested to be involved in this action. We shared campaign details using our social media and blog. We shared our experience, our views on importance of bees in our life and how to keep environment bee friendly.
We were inviting for participation every interested person to share with us their activities.They were supposed to take pictures and sent to us. We get very interesting photos from young people who shared with us their thoughts and experiences.
Free ecosystem service provided by bees to humans for free, it is well known that pollination increases the yield of most fruit seeds and plants . To explore the role of pollination in fruit quality we decide to visit beekeepers family and strawberry farmplace. We have planned our activities for this campaign for end of the May but because of bad weather conditions we could not managed this before. finally the sun began to shine and here we go. We visited two villages of Samtskhe –Javakheti area in Borjomi municipality. Borjomi is old and small resort town in central Georgia which are located in Mountain area, especially famous for natural springs and mineral waters. Borjomi mineral springs were discovered by people over one thousand years ago. This is evident in the existence of seven stone baths which date back to the beginning of the 1st millennium A.D.Borjomi is Balneological place .The area is surrounded by Borjom-Kharagauli National park, which is the largest protected area in the caucasus region. The balneological health resort Borjomi is a picturesque place with large-leaved and coniferous forests surrounded with the majestic Caucasian mountains.
We visited village Kvibisi ,which is located near the Borjomi on 900 meters above sea level.There, we met one of the member of the Devidze family , they are 4-th generation beekeepers .There, in a clean environment, this family is following beekeeping and they are keeping about 100 beehives. As miss Marina told us : "Taking care of bees is a great art and consuming affair. In Devidze family, beekeeping is a tradition. My father had taught me the art of beekeeping and now I'm trying to teach it to young generations of my family and share my experience. The boys have accumulated considerable experience. Beekeeping is a practical affair and requires a lot of attention and experience gained through hard working. Scientists are often visiting us and they are completing their theoretical studies with exploring and observing our practical work. I will be happy if young people will be involved in this work and, for my part, I will share with them my experience .In my opinion in every village there should be one or two beekeeping family." Miss Marina gave us some helpful tips about beekeeping : about how important is to keep them in clean environment ,to avoid chemicals on fruits they use for food, to avoid feeding them with artificial food like sugar and etc. After rich informational conversation, we took some pictures and continued on our way to the next destination.
Next was resort village Daba which is located at 1025 Meters from sea level. Daba is the oldest village and a touristic place. The most famous place in Daba is St Giorgi ancient church. It is sheltered in the dense forest, like a bird in its nest, and not visible from the road. It is covered halfway by a cave. The carved inscription on the west wall says that the Daba church was built by the head of royal treasury of George V the Brilliant, in 1333.
Near the woods is situated a cooperative of strawberry farms,where they are growing eco friendly ,clean and unpolluted strawberries and other kinds of berries. This farm was founded within United Nations Development Programme grant by Irma Maghradze .The project aims to strengthen the capacity of forest-dependent local communities, so that they can create and develop alternative livelihoods through the sustainable use of forest resources. The idea of strawberry farm was Irmas discovery, before this she had a little garden of strawberries next to her home, and she says that to be high level from the sea level is great for berries. That's why she decided to make a farm in this place.The local youngsters are actively involved in this project and they shared their impressions about thei work with excitement. 
Miss Irma hosted us and shared her experience with Georgia Youth Eco Movement-SAEMs members. She invited us to see strawberry fields and she gave us to try bright red, perfectly shaped strawberries, She presented masterclass and we were talking about how pollination by the insects increases the quality and shelf life of strawberries, as the honey bees living nearby strawberries field. As we know pollination promotes cell division and growth, increasing weight and firmness of the fruit. She explained us how to take care of berries and how important is role of bees during the strawberry flowering period.
 
Why do you want to help the bees? We decided to join this campaign because we wanted to explain the importance of the Bees in our everyday life. Very few people know what is going on with the world's bee population and the effect they have on our food supply. Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet. Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant. Lot sorts of fruit,nuts and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees, such as cherries , apples and almonds. Pollination is not just important for the food we eat directly, it's vital for the foraging crops, such as field beans and clovers, used to feed the livestock. An aesthetically pleasing thing is tha,t by pollinating flowers, Bees are magnifying the Planet. Our lives would be much different if bees didn't exist. As a great physicist and Albert Einstein said, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
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MORE ACTIVITIES FOR THE RIGHT TO BE(E) CAMPAIGN!

Even though the competition is over, there are still wonderful activities across Europe to help the bees. Read about them below!

LEARNING ABOUT HONEY AND BEEKEEPING

Who organised the activity: Ana Markovska

When it took place: June 2016

Where it took place: Novo Selo, Skopje, Macedonia

What happened: I went to visit a local producer of organic honey near Skopje and buy several jars of it. The reason for this is that by buying local-produced honey, I know what and from where I am getting the product. In addition, I also decrease the environmental impact of my consumer habits. I learned about the beekeeper in Novo Selo from a friend and during my visit, he was kind enough to answer many questions that I had, and also to show me how he makes the organic honey.

Why do you want to help the bees: The simplest answer and the most truthful is that if we don't help the bees, the world as we know will cease to exist. Bees are small yet hard-working insects that keep our eco-system together.

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Check out:

Activity guidelines 2016

The Right to Be(e) poster 2016 

 

 
 
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