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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to the Australian Koala Foundation, 30% of the nation’s Koalas have been lost to drought, bushfires, and logging in just three years. The population has dropped to 58,000 from more than 80,000 in 2018, and no regions saw positive population growth. These findings arrive just days after the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The maned wolf is certainly a unique animal, with long legs, massive ears, and bright red fur. Many might compare it to a fox, but it’s actually South America’s largest canid species. And not only is the maned wolf elusive — it’s endangered. Researchers working with Rewilding Argentina and […]
Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s […]
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