5/19: May 20th is World Bees Day and May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity!

5/19: May 20th is World Bees Day and May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity!

Cittaslow, the International network of the "cities of easy living" opens a new perspective to sustainability through the defense of bees and defines a global commitment to protect bees for good and healthy living.

A new Manifesto for concrete projects launched 20th May, World Bees Day and 22nd May, the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).

On May 18th, President of Cittaslow International, Mauro Migliorini, announced the CittaslowBee Manifesto, an open project that is aimed primarily at all Cittaslow communities in the world but also at other cities, small, medium, large, which can draw inspiration from this project. The basic idea is, "let's roll up our sleeves" today to protect the bees, the environment where we live, our health.

An excerpt from the manifesto reads:

The bee (Apis mellifera) is the insect known to all of us for the production of honey. Many know its importance in favouring the pollination of plants. 

Less known is its essential action for the protection of biodiversity, understood as coexistence in a given ecosystem of multiple species, both animal and plant, in which a balance is created through their reciprocal relationships. 

The basic importance of maintaining biodiversity lies in the fact that the environment must constantly be able to adapt to climate changes and be able to limit the onset of diseases and parasites; to do this, the environment requires to be populated with genetically different plants. This diversity survives, to a large extent, thanks to the work of pollinating insects such as bees, which during the search for nectar from flowers transport pollen from one plant to another. In this way, a constant remixing of the plant genes is determined, which can become more resistant to diseases, infestations, parasites, drought.

Read the full Press Release
Read the Cittaslow Bee Manifesto