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All Hives Matter?

On the importance of securing a future for the existence of native and wild bees  

“Save the Bees” is a slogan that we have heard left and right in the last couple of years. The bee, in many ways, has been morphed into a symbol of ecosystems suffering under our destructive modern agricultural practices. This agricultural system is now causing the loss of one of its own most important cornerstones: pollinators that ensure our crops, orchards and flowers blossom anew each year, for which bees play a vital role. The chief trigger for this concern was a series of years around 2006-2013 in the United States as well as Europe in which many bee-hives experienced very high rates of mortality, especially throughout winters, with millions of colonies dying in a short amount of time. In China, some regions had to pollinate crops by hand because their bee-colonies were not able to pollinate sufficiently anymore.

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Make Europe Boreal Again!

In the series Westworld, we are faced with a dystopian future: in their hubris and boredom, the leading scientific and economic elites have created sentient machines. Exposed to savagery and endless cycles of death and rebirth, some machines seemingly achieve a state of awareness, not just of their own Self, but also the harsh world into which their Creators have born them. Upon becoming aware of the fact that they are being used by having everything – their very lives and loved ones – taken away for the pleasure and profit of others, these machines try to find a way to break this cycle of personal hell; to protect and preserve those sacred things that make up the core of their existence.

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