Cause of Action
Pollinators are declining worldwide. Not only honey-bees managed by beekeepers have it tough, but especially wild bees, bats, birds, and butterflies. Without pollinators, entire ecosystems will collapse as well as agriculture as we know it. The cause for the declines are complex, but what is very clear is that we have to take action to protect these vital organisms to ensure a livable future for all.
As beekeepers, nature workers, and political scientists, we believe that we have a duty to be Pollinator Ambassadors. Giving pollinators a voice is essential for their survival, both in policy making and in everyday life.
Bring Resources to Change Makers
Conservationists, such as specialists in biodiversity, add major value to the preservation of habitats and scientific knowledge. However, for many of them, non-standard employment has become the new standard. Despite academic degrees or specialized experience, activists and young academics are not sufficiently valued on the labour market and often end as unpaid volunteers.
We give a voice to these Pollinator Ambassadors. We believe that a strong political focus on environmental work has to result in higher economic prioritisation as well. Pollinator Ambassadors need higher project funds to make impact and they deserve standard working conditions while doing so.
Nynke is a conservationist and a beekeeper, and holds an MSc degree in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management. Beekeeping sparked her passion for all pollinators, and taught her how people can interact with the natural world. Nynke believes beekeepers have the potential to act as ambassadors for all pollinators through sharing knowledge and environmental stewardship.
She has experience in reforestation work and forest management as well as biodiversity conservation, and envisions a future where conservation work is inclusive and community-based.
Nadine is a political scientist, beekeeper and blogger. Having facilitated beekeeping projects in Europe and beyond, she knows how to kickstart ethical and financially sustainable initiatives in your garden, city or community. As a Beekeeping teacher and workshop facilitator she’s got your back when it comes to teamwork, project management and practical beekeeping skills. Moreover, Nadine travels regularly to conferences to lobby for better working conditions and more accessible funding for change makers.