Inspired by the vanishing of the honey-bee, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg's TED talk shows a trailer from "Wings of Life" which highlights the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with magnificent and moving high-speed images. "Beauty and seduction are nature's tool for survival because we will protect what we fall in love with. Their relationship is a love story that feeds the earth."
Pollination, which we can hardly see, is vital to life on our earth and we cannot afford to take it for granted or our very existence is at stake.
Did you know that over a third of the world's fruit and vegetable supply depends on pollination by the increasingly endangered bees, bats, humming-birds and butterflies? Scientists believe that this is a serious issue.
What motivates the pollinators? It's about risk and reward - the desire to regenerate to survive - it's mystical.
What risks can we take for the gift of life? How about cultivating a bee, bat, humming-bird and butterfly friendly garden? Smell the flowers? Eat your own home-grown fruit and vegetables this year? Wonder at the hive of nature busy at work in your own yard? Support green-growers?
It's up to us to look after the little guys!
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