Thursday 31 March 2011

The Co-operative - Join the Revolution

In 1844 the Rochdale Pioneers started a revolution which changed the face of commerce forever.  That revolution is still going strong through the modern day Co-operative.

Each year the Co-operative supports thousands of projects here in the UK and in the developing world, enabling local people to change the world in which they live.

One such project which appeals to me is Urban Bees which was set up to protect the rapidly declining honeybee population.  Urban Bees, with help from the Co-operative have now installed 20 new hives on rooftops and in community gardens and allotments across London. They also give training and start-up equipment to help other individuals and companies to do the same.

Bees are estimated to contribute £200 million per annum to the UK economy through their pollination.  Their numbers are in rapid and dangerous decline, yet scientists are still unsure why. Over the last 20 years the number of bees in the UK has dropped by 50%.  This poses a massive risk to our food production so any simple steps individuals can do to help could make a big difference.  Whether that's planting bee-friendly plants in your gardens, buying a bee-box or becoming an amateur bee-keeper.

This project sits perfectly with the Co-operative's own campaign 'Plan Bee' and is a great example of their ethical credentials.

Why not take a look at the Co-operative website and join the revolution.  See how you can get involved by finding a local project, or maybe even starting your own.

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1 comment:

  1. I'd love to keep bee's but I'm worried it would upset my neighbours x