When travelling through London, I appreciate the green spaces we have. I look in gardens while I am travelling on buses and trains, and one thing I notice is the distinct lack of flowers, even in public areas such as train stations or pavement islands.
I can't remember the last time I saw a honey bee.
As you know, bees require flowers and flowering plants to collect pollen to make honey for themselves, but they also pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.
If bees die out, we may lose all the plants that they pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain. Which means a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population of 7 billion. Our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.
What I am proposing is that London leads the charge in the UK/globally and plants protected flower meadows in ALL parks, and wherever possible along sidewalk green spaces to increase the number of available flowers to support the dwindling bee populations.
I also propose that after that infrastructure is established, the government establishes bee colonies throughout London to increase their numbers in an effort to aid in their conservation.
This plan could make London's air cleaner, green spaces more appealing, provide a few more jobs and revenue, and provide a means to help ensure the bees survival.