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Louie Schwartzberg introduces some "nectar' from his film, The hidden beauty of pollination. The images that follow illustrate his description of pollination as a dance between plants and animals, a love story that feeds the world, a magic moment where life regenerates itself over and over again.
We depend on pollination for over a third of the fruits and vegetables we eat. The vanishing bees are the canary in the coalmine. If they disappears, so do we argues Schwartzberg. If, as the filmmaker claims, we protect what we fall in love with, his film may be the beginning of a love story. Take time to smell the flowers.
The video may be used to support those curriculum units that explore issues related to reproduction, interdependence within and survival of ecosystems, human- environmental interactions, resource management, and food security.
The images from the film are beautiful and may be expected to engage students. Once engaged, students and teachers should develop a study outline that addresses the question - What is causing the decline in the pollinator population (bees, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies) and what can we/I do about it?
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