ISH is proud to hosts bees!
ISH's mission includes fostering global citizenship, and an integral part of that mission is promoting environmental stewardship. In line with this commitment, ISH recently implemented a sustainability policy in May 2023. Over the next two years, we will be actively working towards becoming an ecoschool, with a specific focus on two themes: waste reduction and local biodiversity.
Among the various aspects of local biodiversity, bees have been identified as a natural choice to concentrate our efforts. The decline in insect populations in Europe has been alarming, with a 25% loss since 1990. Additionally, urbanisation, pesticide and herbicide use, and diseases have led to a 20% annual decline in honeybee populations. As insects play a critical role in pollination, responsible for 87% of the process, honeybees are particularly vital in this regard.
To support and help bees, we have identified two key approaches. Firstly, we will create a honeybee-friendly habitat on our campus, implementing initiatives such as "No Mow May" and utilizing seed bombs in collaboration with the Nature Club. Secondly, we aim to provide a safe and healthy home for bees, ensuring their well-being is prioritised.
In pursuit of these objectives, we are proud to announce our partnership with PLACE4BEES, a local Hamburg organization that will assist and guide our students and the broader ISH community throughout this journey. Beyond making sure our ISH bees strive here on campus, our dedicated ISH Beekeeper will provide hands-on learning opportunities to our students and community to understand the importance of pollinators and their role in our ecosystem.
Together, we look forward to making a positive impact and actively supporting the well-being of bees.
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