CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE BEES
by TALIYA KHAFIZOVA
“Unity within Diversity” – this may well characterize the world of nature. All the elements of the Earth are deeply interconnected, and, despite their endless variety, constitute one living entity of our planet. Apparently, if one element is damaged then another is affected, too, leading to the change in entire system. Beyond the industrial negative effect, the reckless actions of human beings themselves may lead to some serious repercussions, undermining the nature’s balance.
Investigation of one of the major environmental problems in Cyprus, such as the extinction of the bees in local forests, shows convincingly how the above mentioned statements operate in practice…
Global environmental problems are more and more often discussed nowadays, calling people of all countries for the action, summoning them to realize their general environmental duty – meaning that a person must not carry out any activity that causes or is likely to cause environmental harm, unless measures to prevent or minimize the harm have been taken.
Proclaiming our motto as “Go Global Living Local”, we as Cyprus Observer team cannot stay neutral in regard to such strikingly important issues. It is also our duty to notify of environmental harm – to inform the administering authority about an incident occurred or about any activity that may have caused or threatens serious and material environmental harm. The scale is of no significance here: even dealing with our own “small” local problems will in its turn help boosting the global situation.
Needless to say how meeting environmental obligations and duties is crucial – physically, morally, spiritually for all of us.
Animal extinction, caused by environmental problems, industrial activity and human malicious deeds such as hunting and excess fishing, for instance, is one of the major problems on our “to-solve” list.
In case of Cyprus, bird extinction is something we should take into account and solve immediately. Not only because bird chirping or nightingale warbling will be soon less available outside and more on-line as “relaxing” sounds or “nature” Mp3 files. Not only because even nowadays birds are hardly encountered when you walk in lush green forests of Akdeniz district of North Cyprus….
Bird hunting, so common and prosperous on our island, has seriously damaged the local biosphere. It is the sorrowful phenomenon of Cyprus local life, malefic activity, knowing no boundaries, with all its obvious negative repercussions. And it is just another case when the damage of one element can also affect the rest. Thus, struggling to deter such threat to bees’ extinction as hornets, we have come upon the negative effects of bird hunting.
Bees can be referred to as the golden treasure of the nature system, indeed. Honey has been known as a remedy from numerous illnesses for centuries. Producing it, bees pollinate flowers and trees, sustaining the existence of nature’s manifold.
However, global extinction of bees is observable, production of true organic honey has sunk severely in a past few years. What comes on mind is a striking prediction made by the world renown clairvoyant Vanga, who once said: “If you continue to treat Mother Nature like that, a day will come when different plants, vegetables, and animals will start to disappear…First it will be the onion, garlic, pepper, and bees. Milk will become poisonous. People will sow wheat, but rye will grow.”
These warning words sound so true, in regard to Cyprus, as well.
Here is some more food for thought:
An article from dailymail.co.uk published in 2014 states: Killer hornets from China that eat up to 50 bees a DAY are the latest threat to Britain’s hives. The article states the dangerous issues: “Asian hornet capable of wiping out entire hive within hours… There are now just 25 native species of bees left in the country…Numbers may be as low as 50,000 at the height of summer”
Apparently, the overwhelming problem is not new for the world. Beekeepers in Cyprus are hugely struggling with it, too, unable to find suitable tool against the insects of prey, whose cruelty is unbeatable in relation to the bees and human beings.
Hundreds if not thousands of hornets is a threat hard to deter: poisons, when applicable to hornets, may also affect the bees, making their honey poisonous and harmful. Hornets defend their nest aggressively if they feel it is threatened. They also protect their hive with potent stingers. Though these insects do not sting humans unless provoked, some people are allergic to their venom and can have very dangerous reactions to a sting. (scientific data from National Geographic)
When one hornet finds a bee colony, it leaves a special scent to attract other hornets. Although hornets also eat some tree sap, they are known as accomplished predators, eliminating bees alongside other insects.
Question comes on mind: isn’t there a natural antidote for the hornets in harmonious world of nature? Well, Mother Nature is in wise order, unless affected by the human activity: birds had been the most powerful remedy from the hornets since time immemorial until the man infringed upon the natural Order and Balance.
Numerous species of birds have been known to feed on wasps, including the hornets, thus supporting the eco-system of the planet. Alas, due to the excessive bird hunting the safe life of the bees and the balance of our entire biosphere has been shattered.
Thus, the reason of bees’ extinction, in Cyprus as well as abroad, is not only hornets – insects that attack the bee hives and devour ‘the hard workers of the Earth’. We all understand that it is only one link in the long chain. However, the positive outcome of our battle with this problem will ultimately lead to the overall enhancement of ecological situation in Cyprus and on the Earth.
Obviously, there is need for the law, which would prohibit reckless bird hunting on the island, contribute to the harmony of the local bio-sphere and prevent it from total extinction. It is a shame that such anti-environmental human activity as bird hunting has not been prohibitted on the island yet.
By this article, we are summoning to all the environmentally responsible, mindful and conscious citizens of Cyprus, to the legislative authorities of Cyprus Government, to Civic Space society promoted by EU, and other global Environmental Communities hoping for their cooperation.
We need to take action immediately. Unity within Diversity characterizes the nature, and the Mankind, as part of it. So, please, share this information and support our Activity. Let’s unite against the Bird Hunting towards Preservation of Bees and Peace in the world:
Preserving Bees –
Restoring Peace –
Let’s join our forces
To make not only Cyprus but an entire world a better place to live !