Inspired | HK Honey
Hong Kong - a city home to 7 million...
This marks the start of the unofficial Bee Week here on Pure Green, inspired by this video that Charles Nock sent over (Charles is the author of Ecological, a regularly appearing column in Pure Green Magazine - see his work in our past issues here). We've covered some great stories on the subject and there's some really neat stuff happening out there!! January may seem like an unlikely time to cover beekeeping, but we think its perfect to get inspired and figure out how you might want to be involved come spring.
Bees are integral to our eco system in so many ways and yet they are under threat. But something interesting is happening too - there seems to be a romance, an attitude of gratitude, surrounding the little insects. An edearment that is inspiring people around the world to make homes for them in the most unlikely places, such as Hong Kong, where Micheal Leung has created HK Honey, an organization dedicated to education, preservation and the value of local honeybees and honey. Micheal and his crew not only tend bees, they've created a network that helps support other beekeepers; they rescue wild swarms from extermination and they help you get started if you'd like your own hive. Their story is compelling as it shows that urban centers such as Hong Kong, that embody and define 'the concrete jungle' and seem entirely disconnected from nature, can still be adapted and ammended to house a honeybee. It tells a story about one aspect of modern man's relationship with nature too... and how our very disconnection has inspired re-connection, if you will. Much of HK's message centers around the importance of local honey in order to support a healthy, global population. While Hong Kong is certainly not local to us, their take home message certainly applies. Tomorrow we'll take you on a global tour and visit other beekeepers from around the world, but we encourage you to find out what's happening near you!!
This video was created by Kiku Ohe (see more of his work here).
Lastly, we loved this series of graphic posters from HK -
I especially loved this one! Waggle Dance?? Who knew!!
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