San Antonio: Bring This Film To The Alamo Drafthouse

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Dear Greater San Antonio residents:

I just received notice via email that this film will be shown at the Westlakes Alamo Drafthouse at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 — if enough tickets are reserved in advance.

Says email person: “This is a grassroots effort to get San Antonio on the map to see this new, very important documentary about the disappearance of the bees.”

Says I: “Reserve a ticket!

Film Synopsis:

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.

In the US, the latest estimates suggest that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared across 27 states. In Germany, according to the national beekeepers association, one fourth of all colonies have been destroyed, with losses reaching up to 80% on some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where this syndrome has been nicknamed “the Mary Celeste Phenomenon”, after a ship whose crew vanished in 1872.

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.

Should we blame pesticides or even medication used to combat them? Maybe look at parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? Travelling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bees’ abdomen? So far, it looks like a combination of all these agents has been responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses.

Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live.”

Check out the film’s website.

flight of the butterfliesUPDATE 08/07/13: Just took the small person of the house to see Flight of the Butterflies at the Rivercenter Mall IMAX. Also great viewing with lessons in stewardship.

Next stop: More milkweed!


5 responses to “San Antonio: Bring This Film To The Alamo Drafthouse

  1. This is really scary. Of all the disasters I know that humankind has wrought this one seems to be the most horrible.  I have noticed in our own home in recent years how we do not have as many bees as we use to have.

    If only people in the world would understand how connected we are to bees, bugs, little fishees and all kinds of tiny creatures.

    I can get pretty down, Greg. Pretty down.

    I will try to go to this and register for tickets.  I hope they tell people what we can do although like with global warming we have already gotten to a rather irreversible place. My friend Sister Elise Garcia for years talked about the tipping point and how close we were to it (in earth temperature) then at some point she just stopped talking about it. Eventually, she and Sister Carol Coston, co founders of Sisterfarm in Welfare, Texas, decided to go back to Adrian, Michigan and simply work keeping their Congregation of nuns, most which are retired, going.  They worked so hard setting an example of how we should live lightly on the earth. We closed the place down but I think the website is still up.Memories.


    • i feel like returning to adrian, michigan, today myself, wherever that is. that is: i do know what you mean. many days i have no idea why i don’t jump the tracks, do something else with my time, and focus only on the little things i can seemingly control. love your comment about those living little things that we are so dependent on, though, and that is what keeps me going. should be such a simple message.

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