Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Vanishing Of The Bees" Screening On Sunday About Preserving Bees, Especially Around The Airport


Bess Nuland, Program Manager at Global Visionaries, a local non-profit that "empowers young people to be global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future", is hosting a youth-led film and lecture series at University of Washington called Visionary Viewings as a fundraiser for the program.  

The second in the six part monthly film and lecture is on Sunday from 4:30-7pm with the viewing of "Vanishing of the Bees" with Guest speakers Kirin Bhatti of The Common Acre and local beekeeper, Korvus Blackbird who will discuss the bees' innovative Flight Path Project, which puts beehives in the scrub space around SeaTac airport.

Bess said that the team selected this topic "to introduce young people and the Seattle community to colony collapse disorder and to illuminate the urgent need to preserve and care for bees.'

Film Synopsis
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.
Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Guest Speakers
Kirin Bhatti will discuss how The Common Acre, a local nonprofit that has put bee hives in the green spaces around the Seattle/Tacoma airport to help restore the native bee population , is creating a new model for land use, public-private partnership, and cultural engagement through their innovated Flight Path Project. Partnering with SeaTac Airport, the Flight Path will turn scrub land into pollinator habitat, raise better bees, and transform a corner of the concourse into a sparking art and education exhibit.

Korvus Blackbird is an environmentalist, teacher, poet, and beekeeper. Korvus is an instructor with Sustainable Urban Vision, an urban farming and food justice program that centers youth knowledge and experience to promote food justice, accountability, and community. He is passionate about beekeeping and has been known to talk about bees for hours in ways that youth and adults alike find easy to understand and remember.
The event will be held at the University of Washington, Savery Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased here and include a snack and drink.

For more information about Global Visionaries go to the website and Facebook page. 

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