March of the Bees
On May 16 of the year 2010 I chanced to read the following comment from a blog which awakened in me a renewed sensitivity to the ecological problems of this country and the entire globe.
“A swarm of "thousands of bees" gathered outside the White House this morning.
The small army of insects hovered as President Barack Obama tried to leave the White House to play basketball at Fort McNair.”
It is a tradition in America to march on Washington in masses of millions whenever we have a problem that needs to be resolved. While in the back of my mind I could hear an orchestral rendering of Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee," what immediately came to the front of my mind was the "plight of the honeybee." It seems they have been disappearing in masses over a period of several years and no one seems to know why.
Now it appears they have joined hands for a massive march to Washington DC in order to demand action. On the other hand their mission may have been more mundane like, a demand for jobs . If I remember correctly it was only a year ago that Michelle Obama was promising to employ several beehives and a whopping amount of praying mantis and lady beetles in the white house garden. Whichever the case my focus returns to what I perceive to be the bigger issue at hand, doing something significant to save our ecology and our environment. If what our own scientists are saying is true we have a pretty small window left to mend the damage we have done to our planet, which by the way is the only home we have.
At my last reckoning, our forests are producing only about 75 percent of the oxygen we need to sustain human life on planet earth. That sounds like a significant problem to me, since I am already required to sleep using a forced air machine. I am told that there are cities where the people need to wear gas masks in traffic because of the levels of smog.
Perhaps the bees aren’t really disappearing, but rather have left urban America for the far away wilderness spaces with the deer and the antelope. If I were a honeybee, I would probably head for the yet unexplored regions of Canada. I wonder, could it be that their visit at the white House was just a stopover on the way to Montréal?