Fort St. John bee advocates get Royal buzz

A Fort St. John group working to boost global bee populations has received a Royal spotlight from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen Beescause as one of 15 organizations they plan to promote throughout the month of August, part of their monthly Forces For Change social media campaign.

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"It was pretty stunning for sure, a little surreal, for little town Fort St. John guys to get recognition for what we're trying to do, and some real help in advocating for our cause," said co-founder Maurice Allen.

Maurice and Chris Wheeler launched Beescause in 2018, which is working to build and place beehives in more urban environments around the world, from public areas to neighbourhood backyards.

They do their work with funding they receive from the sale of bracelets and through a Foster A Hive program. So far, they have placed beehives around Fort St. John, Edmonton, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Kelowna.

"We put beehives in urban environments to help pollinate those urban environments, because the pollinators are under threat and having massive decline," Allen said.

"We use our beehives to ensure the planet stays pollinated."

The group has seen an immediate boost since being selected by the Royal couple, Allen said. The goal is to grow into a global movement, and help the next generation get over built-in fears of bees, Allen said.

"This is really just a grassroots movement. We're just getting started," he said. "The more bracelets we sell, the more hives we place."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This month we turned to you for ideas of accounts to follow featuring people, organisations and causes that you find inspiring or noteworthy. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed! Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you! Thank you for being part of this collective conversation with us; we hope everyone has enjoyed discovering many of these accounts and engaging with each other on how we can all be Forces For Change. •All photos used above are from the accounts we are now following•

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The Duke and Duchess selected Beescause after soliciting input from their followers on Instagram, which drew more than 50,000 comments when they put the call out last week. They announced the organizations they would spotlight on July 31.

"Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve," they wrote on Instagram.

"These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you!"

The couple have been promoting different causes each month as part of their Forces for Change campaign. In June, they highlighted LGBT groups in recognition of Pride, and highlighted various environmental causes in July. 

Click here to learn more about Beescause.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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