Where: Czech Republic and across Europe
‘The Right to Be(e)’ was a grassroots campaign which aimed to support the survival of bees with local actions. The first concern was to attract more attention to the disappearance and well-being of bees in Europe. The campaign was created in 2012, and the first actions started in 2013. It was open to everybody – bee enthusiasts or not – and encouraged anyone to help bees no matter how small the action was (planting a flower, visiting a local beekeeper…). Because all actions are a step for improving the well-being of bees, and, on the long run, our own well-being.
Here are the results of five years of campaigning for the bees!
NGOs, primary schools, groups of friends, families, but also people on their own took part in this campaign. We send a warm thank you to everybody for their involvement and their will to help bees!
The actions were very diverse and creative, individual and collective. Everyone who took part in this campaign contributed to raising awareness about the disappearance of bees and/or to bee-survival in Europe. Should it be by trying to learn more about bees and how to improve their well-being, by supporting and visiting local beekeepers, by providing information and triggering the collective reflection through workshops and online campaigns, or by creating a bee-friendlier environment (planting flowers, building bee hotels…).
Check out “The Right to Be(e)” actions map here.
Thanks to our participants, flowers, herbs, and fruits and vegetables have grown in gardens, balconies and urban areas. We mention some of them:
Bell flowers, Royal purple brunfelsia, Calendula, Dahlia, Daisy, Sacred datura, Carnation, Fidelity, Forget-me-not, Blue tansy, Malva, Petunia, Marigold, Whitelady
Lavender, Chamomile, Melissa, Mentha, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Cucumber, Eggplant, Strawberries, Sweet pea, Tomato, Zucchini
…Any many other species!
This campaign has been supported by 12 ‘bee campaigners’ across Europe (you can find their profiles in “The Right to Be(e)”’s Facebook album “Bee Campaigners”) and by 470 bee-lovers, who followed “The Right to Be(e)”’s Facebook page and received updates from the campaign as well as some useful information about bees.
Click below to read the toolkit, our publication and our bees report.