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Angelina Jolie appeared in a portrait for National Geographic on World Bee Day (May 20) to raise awareness for the need to protect bees and for a UNESCO-Guerlain program that trains women as beekeeper-entrepreneurs, Women for Bees. “Polinators are extremely important to our life and our environment and we have to understand, scientifically, what happens if we lose them,” she said in an interview with editor Indira Lakshmanan. Jolie is committed to restoring bee populations and helping with the other environmental concerns that the bees affect. “With so much we are worried about around the world and so many people feeling overwhelmed with bad news,” Jolie told National Geographic, “this is one [problem] that we can manage.”
This program also aims to highlight and protect local beekeeping practices. For example, the Xishuangbanna Biosphere Reserve in China, beekeepers use log hives made of fallen trees covered with cow dung to protect bees from the cold, while in Cambodia, beekeepers place colonies on inclined branches so that they can harvest honey without disturbing the bees.
In June, Jolie will join the program — 10 Women for Bees — and will participate in an accelerated 30-day training led by experts at the French Observatory of Apidology in Provence, where she plans to get trained in beekeeping as well.
Jolie told National Geographic: “I know it seems like I’m now working on bees, but really, to me, the bee and the pollination and the respect for the environment, it’s all interconnected to women’s livelihoods, [and to] displacement from climate change.”
By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]
Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together. This week, the results of […]
President Biden: "Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one – it got me." pic.twitter.com/jfrik4bgpB — The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2021 If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan […]
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