Maya Angelou has inspired many people through her own personal story and through the stories, poems and other works she has created.
Her phrase “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” is one of the ones that keeps me doing what I do each and every day.
Every morning, I wake with the vision to create a world where people, plants and pollinators can live in harmony. I try my best to do that for myself and my family. I try to share what I have learned with others, because they also see the challenges that we as humans will have to face if there are no pollinators left. I try to empower people to live more harmoniously with bees and pollinators.
As I discovered yesterday, after tweeting about how Rachel Carson’s work had birthed the modern environmental movement, not everyone agrees with what I’m going to say.
Rather than getting upset with these people who attacked me for supporting Rachel Carson (and standing against having DDT sprayed everywhere) I can stop and think about what their concerns are. I heard them say that not managing mosquitoes with DDT is the reason that millions of people have died of malaria. And while they are correct, they are only correct to a certain degree.
The reason that people are dying from malaria is NOT ONLY because of mosquitoes and lack of mosquito control. One also has to consider that part of the problem is that there isn’t a corporate desire to make malaria vaccines accessible and affordable for everyone who needs it. There are governments who are afraid of multinational corporations causing harm to their citizens by using them as test subjects, rather than giving them the proper medication. There are lobby groups and political agendas that we have no idea who is doing what to whom. Simply saying that colonialist thinking is what is killing children in Africa is oversimplifying a problem.
The way I see it, this is an imperfect world. It’s still a beautiful world. I love living on it, and I am going to do everything within my power (with reason) to keep it beautiful and diverse.
I do not have ALL The solutions to ALL the WORLD’s problems. I can’t solve everything and make everyone happy. I accept that too.
What I can solve and what I want to solve is how people perceive bees and pollinators, and to help them live in greater harmony together. I want to do that through education, entertainment and celebration of the beauty of our world. If you want to learn more about bees and pollinators, if you want to simply admire them or to learn how to provide for them, please join the Bee Mama Family.