In the Dutch city of Utrecht, 316 bus stops have now become an oasis for bees and other pollinators. These bus stops not only look good and help prevent bee mortality, but also provide better air quality in Utrecht.
The fact that something has to be done to tackle pollution in the cities has already arrived in many countries.
Not yet in Germany !!
The bus stops are now covered in sedum plants – succulents that can purify the air – and these attract bees whose populations have declined, as well as butterflies. The roofs also absorb fine dust and store rainwater.
Bee mortality is increasing alarmingly worldwide – and also in the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, a Bee Foundation has been set up, which has been working for bees since 2010, protecting them from extinction.
The best known pollinators are the honey bee and the bumblebee, which together make up between 80 and 90% of the total pollination in agriculture.
Many are of the opinion that the bumblebees are not affected by species extinction. After all, they see bumblebees flying through their garden. However, of the 29 different species of Dutch bumblebee, 21 have already shrunk. Many of them are rare today and six species have already completely disappeared from the Netherlands.
If bee mortality does not end soon, it could have serious consequences for food supplies worldwide, because not only in Europe, but also in other parts of the world there is a mass extinction of bees.
Bees not only produce honey, they pollinate more than 90 vegetables and fruits. Apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, pumpkins and cucumbers are likely to be rare without bees. Sweet things like citrus fruits, peaches, kiwis, cherries, blueberries and strawberries and a variety of melon varieties depend on the fertilization of the flying workers.
The bus stops are now covered with sedum plants that can also purify the air. They attract bees and butterflies. The roofs of the bus stops are cared for by urban workers driving around in electric vehicles.
As part of its plan to become more environmentally friendly, Utrecht is also planning to introduce 55 new electric buses powered by wind energy.
Sedum plants are robust and winter resistant. This plant is a subspecies of succulents. Like the succulents, sedum plants can live everywhere due to the very robust construction of the leaves and thus also on roofs.
Honeybees are the world’s most important pollinator, but they and many other bee species are declining worldwide due to human activity. Utrecht hopes to be able to further increase the bee population with its new bus roofs.
The citizens of Utrecht are also invited to turn their own roofs into “green roofs” and they can apply for special subsidies. The city suggests residents replace their worn-out roofs with green roofs instead of having them traditionally renovated.
My comment: A great idea that every city and every country should implement!
Everyone talks about the climate, nobody does anything.
The last media manipulation with the “climate Greta” is known, and except for the tremendous media attention this campaign received, something else did not work.
The Dutch have started to protect the climate in practical areas, and that is effective and useful.
People do not learn from lectures, people learn from examples that come from governments in the form of organized solutions.
We can hope to report from here soon about the green roofs of private houses in Holland.
My best regards to all, Venus