The final Friday of the month means it’s time for We Are the World Blogest, a day for promoting positive news. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
Co-hosting the project this month are: Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Peter Nena, Andrea Michaels. Damyanti Biswas. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
I have a great love for both elephants and bees, and with both suffering hardships and challenges, I was most curious when I discovered this initiative: The Elephants and Bees Research Project. It’s one of Save the Elephants’ innovative programs “designed to explore the natural world for solutions to human-elephant conflict.”
Read more about the project here, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to poke around the Save the Elephants site more and see what else they’re up to.
Admittedly this is a complex problem. While elephants are primarily endangered by the unconscionable poaching activities to harvest their ivory, they are greatly suffering additionally by loss of habitat. As areas once part of elephant migratory routes are developed and inhabited by humans, elephant-human conflict becomes a real issue, Innovative cooperative solutions must be found. Fencing off farm and development areas with bee fences which discourage the elephants from crossing AND keeping key migration corridors open and clear of development is definitely more in the win-win column.
Additionally the presence of bees for the farmers can help in establishing more sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices as well. The bees can help in crop pollination; the opportunity to establish farming practices that do not rely on toxic pesticides is clearly advantageous in maintaining the health of the bees; and honey harvested from the hives provides additional income.
Every opportunity we have to be of assistance to elephants and bees instead of a source of endangerment is a step in the right direction, and I hope we continue to search for and find practices that are worth celebrating.