💚 For Our Bees. For Our Planet 🐝

💚 For Our Bees. For Our Planet 🐝

By
Dennis Kamprad

Read Time:5 Minutes

CLICK TO
SUBSCRIBE

follow follow
Impactful Ninja is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Learn more .
Affiliate Disclosure

Hey fellow impactful ninja ?

You may have noticed that Impactful Ninja is all about providing helpful information to make a positive impact on the world and society. And that we love to link back to where we found all the information for each of our posts.

  • Most of these links are informational-based for you to check out their primary sources with one click.

  • But some of these links are so-called "affiliate links" to products that we recommend.

Why do we add these product links?

First and foremost, because we believe that they add value to you. For example, when we wrote a post about the environmental impact of long showers, we came across an EPA recommendation to use WaterSense showerheads. So we linked to where you can find them. Or, for many of our posts, we also link to our favorite books on that topic so that you can get a much more holistic overview than one single blog post could provide.

And when there is an affiliate program for these products, we sign up for it. For example, as Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.

What do these affiliate links mean for you?
  1. First, and most importantly, we still only recommend products that we believe add value for you.

  2. When you buy something through one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission - but at no additional costs to you.

  3. And when you buy something through a link that is not an affiliate link, we won’t receive any commission but we’ll still be happy to have helped you.

What do these affiliate links mean for us?
  1. When we find products that we believe add value to you and the seller has an affiliate program, we sign up for it.

  2. When you buy something through one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission (at no extra costs to you).

  3. And at this point in time, all money is reinvested in sharing the most helpful content with you. This includes all operating costs for running this site and the content creation itself.

What does this mean for me personally?

You may have noticed by the way Impactful Ninja is operated that money is not the driving factor behind it. It is a passion project of mine and I love to share helpful information with you to make a positive impact on the world and society. However, it's a project in that I invest a lot of time and also quite some money.

Eventually, my dream is to one day turn this passion project into my full-time job and provide even more helpful information. But that's still a long time to go.

Stay impactful,

Happy Monday 👋

Did you know that bees are an essential part of our biodiversity?

On which we all depend for our survival…

Sadly, I also have to share with you that they are increasingly under threat from our human activities—especially through pesticides and air pollution 😢

But there’s hope!

Let’s unite and get involved in World Bee Day!

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • How to get involved in World Bee Day 🐝
  • Renewable energy has surpassed 30% of global energy use 💡
  • The European court ruling will boost efforts to halt climate change 🇪🇺
  • And more… 💚
Illustration of a ninja holding up an awareness calendar

🐝 Event of the Week: World Bee Day

👉 Did you know that today is World Bee Day? This awareness event was founded to celebrate the importance of bees to the global ecosystem and protect their declining populations.

1️⃣ The big picture: World Bee Day was founded in 2017 by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development. The date, May 20th, was chosen to coincide with the life of influential beekeeper, Anton Janša, who became known as the pioneer of modern beekeeping. Today, the event is celebrated around the world through awareness events, education initiatives, and fundraising activities. 

2️⃣ Why is this important: Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of natural ecosystems and 90% of the world’s flowering plant species and 75% of agricultural crops rely, in some part, on animal pollination. Furthermore, pollinators also contribute directly to medicines, construction materials, biofuels, and fibers such as cotton and linen. Yet, very little is known about the conservation statuses of the 20,000 bee species around the world, with many of them considered to be vulnerable or endangered due to rising threats such as agricultural and human development. 

3️⃣ How can you get involved: The theme for World Bee Day 2024 is “Bee Engaged with Youth” in recognition of the role that youth can play in addressing the challenges faced by bees and other pollinators. So, one of the best ways you can get involved in this year’s event is to engage your children, schools, and local families in beekeeping activities, educational activities, and awareness events. You can also get involved in World Bee Day by wildling your garden or by setting up a fundraiser. 

You can also consider donating to one or more charities that are working to conserve bee species and improve agricultural practices for the benefit of our planet:

If you are looking for more inspiration, you can find a wider range of charitable causes to support in our charity support blog.

Illustration of a ninja holding up a newsletter with many good news

📢 Three Good News

💡 Over 30% of the world’s electricity now comes from renewable sources:

  • Energy think tank, Ember, has found that a major growth in wind and solar power has pushed the portion of energy created using renewable sources past the 30% mark. 
  • Clean power sources have already helped to slow the use of harmful fossil fuels by almost two-thirds over the last 10 years, bringing the world to a crucial turning point where fossil fuel use is declining.
  • The report is a collection of data from 80 countries, representing 92% of the world’s energy demand, as well as historical data from 215 other countries. 

🇪🇺 The European Union officially recognizes climate change as an existential threat to propel governmental action:

  • The European Court of Human Rights has recognized climate change as a threat to humanity, confirming that country leaders must act immediately to protect people of all ages.
  • The landmark ruling will be a crucial tool to pressure governments to lower emissions and fight for a liveable future for all. 
  • The ruling also makes it clear that emissions targets must be based on the most recent climate science to keep global warming to under 1.5oC (34.7oF).

🌾 The innovative ‘Doomsday Vault’ can feed the world within 50 years:

  • The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built on a Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle in 2008, now holds 1.25 million seed samples from nearly every country to preserve crop diversity and protect agriculture from climate-change-related challenges. 
  • Existing crop threats, such as diseases, land degradation, and the effects of climate change have increased the need for a secure, backup seed vault. 
  • This year, the two men behind the implementation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, nicknamed the Doomsday Vault’ were selected as World Food Prize laureates, allowing them to apply for more funding for seed bank endowments around the world.
Illustration of a ninja holding up an awareness calendar

🤝 Three More Important Awareness Events

🍅 May 21, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day:

  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day promotes fruits and vegetables as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 
  • On this day, you can celebrate by making a favorite salad or eating your favorite fruit. 

 🧘 May 21, World Meditation Day:

  • World Meditation Day educates people on the benefits of meditation for mind and body. 
  • You can celebrate the day by taking a meditation workshop or trying it on your own!

🧠 May 20-26, Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week:

  • Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week educates people on the true dangers of brain injuries.
  • Brain injuries can result in fatalities as well as lifelong disabilities and so raising awareness for them is crucial.

Related: You can discover all the 109 most important awareness events (for the month, days, weeks) in our awareness calendar for May 2024!

Illustration of a ninja holding up a seemingly old text

📜 These Days in History

🏡 May 20, 1862: Former US President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided 160 acres of public land, practically free of charge, to those who had lived on and cultivated it for at least 5 years. 

🛩️ May 20, 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The 2,026-mile (3,260 km) flight from Newfoundland, Canada, to Londonderry, Ireland, took around 13 hours to complete. 

⛑️ May 21, 1881: Clara Barton founded the American Association of the Red Cross, which later became the American Red Cross. Today, the organization provides volunteer disaster relief across the US and abroad.

Illustration of a ninja holding up a quote sign

💭 Quote of the Day

“Though it is little that one woman can do, still I crave the privilege of doing it.”

— Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross

Illustration of a ninja holding a big green heart

Share the news with your friends to make a bigger positive impact on the world and society together!

Stay impactful 💚

Illustration of a signature for Dennis

Photo of author
Did you like this newsletter sample?

Then get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.

Illustration of our Impactful Ninja logo, holding up a newsletter with a green heart
Become more impactful, one email at a time
Get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.
Illustration of our Impactful Ninja logo, which is a ninja holding a green heart and has a light-green outline here
Become more impactful, one email at a time
Get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.