Cycle "Sunday movies": More than Honey, what if the bees disappeared?
Sunday 1 October, 16:30
Rethinking the living world and communicating with plants and animals: a series of films based on the "Being(s) together" exhibition. Auditorium. Sunday October 1, 2023, 4.30pm.
To coincide with the temporary exhibition "Being(s) together", which runs until January 7, 2024, a series of films will be shown until December 2023 to help you rethink the living world.
Markus Imhoof's "More Than Honey, et si les abeilles disparaissaient" will be screened in the museum's auditorium as part of the "RDV pour réfléchir et agir" programme in October.
Over the last fifteen years or so, many bee colonies around the world have been decimated. The causes of this hecatomb have not yet been established. Depending on the region, between 50 and 90% of bees have disappeared, and the epidemic is spreading from hive to hive across the planet.
Everywhere, the same scenario is being repeated: billions of bees are leaving their hives, never to return. No corpses nearby. No visible predators. In the space of a few months, bees have vanished from the United States, where the latest estimates put the number of colonies that have disappeared in 27 states at 1.5 million (out of a total of 2.4 million hives). In Germany, according to the national beekeepers' association, a quarter of all colonies have been decimated, with losses of up to 80% on some farms. The same is true of Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and the UK, where the syndrome has been dubbed the "Marie-Celeste phenomenon", after the ship whose crew vanished in 1872.
Scientists have come up with a name for the phenomenon: colony collapse disorder. They have good reason to be concerned: 80% of plant species need bees to be pollinated. Without them, there would be no pollination, and therefore virtually no fruit or vegetables. Three quarters of the crops that feed humanity depend on them. Apis mellifera (the honey bee) arrived on Earth 60 million years before humans did, and is as essential to our economy as it is to our survival. Should we blame the pesticides and medicines used to combat them? Parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? The stress of travelling? The increase in electromagnetic emissions disrupting the magnetite nanoparticles present in the bees' abdomens? Fifty years ago, Einstein had already stressed the dependent relationship between bees and humans: "If the bee disappeared from the earth", he predicted, "man would have only four years to live".
Film in French with subtitles.
Recommended age: from 10 years upwards.
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