Bee Stops: Dutch City Installs Roof Gardens In All Bus Stops To Preserve Endangered Bees & Reduce Air Pollution

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Bus stops around the world have time and again grabbed headlines – sometimes for their artistic appeal or sometimes for their sustainability quotient, being built out of recycled plastic. However, Dutch city Utrecht surely went a step ahead of all in terms of redefining their bus stops. The city achieved the unthinkable with all her bus stops now converted to picturesque bee-stops. 

Precisely, 316 bus stops in Utrecht now sport a rooftop garden vibrant with summer blooms, which invite honeybees and bumblebees – two endangered species in the country. The initiative by Utrecht municipality has received wide acclaim from around the world.

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Bee Stops: Hotspots For Biodiversity

According to BrightVibes, the bus stop terraces have become mini biodiversity hotspots with sprightly coloured seasonal flowers interspersed with sedum plants. The bee-stop gardens have been created and are maintained by dedicated municipality workers.

The gardens not only provide an aesthetic respite from the concrete jungle all around but also help in keeping the bus stops cooler and cosier. They also capture dust, dirt and airborne germs as well as conserves rainwater.

Plans of installing solar panels atop these bee stops are in the pipeline for Utrecht municipality. “A green roof is good for a healthy and livable city … that can, therefore, cope better with climate problems,” states the official website of Utrecht.


Environmental Incentives In Utrecht

Interestingly, all the municipality workers in the city commute exclusively in electric vehicles, since Utrecht has started replacing their diesel and petrol-driven public transport with electric buses and cars. Moreover, the electricity for these vehicles is mostly sourced from windmills.

The city aims to become completely CO2-neutral in transport by 2028. Striving towards that goal, the authorities have initiated extra incentive benefits for bus drivers who opt for environment-friendly vehicles and fuels. In fact, the drivers are nominated for periodic awards based on how ‘cleaner, better and safer’ they drive, states Provincie Utrecht.

The ambit of environmental incentives in Utrecht is not restricted to bus stops and public transport only. The inhabitants of this beautiful Dutch city are also eligible for special incentives if they create roof gardens and green patches in their own homes.

No Risk Of Bee Stings

Around 358 types of bees are found in the Netherlands, most of which are endangered species, enlisted in the Dutch Red List (RL). Utrecht’s path-breaking initiative towards conserving bees will possibly be replicated across the Netherlands. Although many around the globe are sceptical about bee stops being prone to more bee stings, experts assure that bees are actually very gentle species which do not attack humans or other animals unless they are countered.

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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