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June Free Movie: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

June Free Movie: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?


What: Free screening of movie followed by discussion.
When: Monday, June 19th from 7-9p.m.
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s Church, side-rear entrance). 39 E. Central St., Natick, MA (see map below).
Facilitators: Jill Miller, member of Occupy Natick and former beekeeper and guest facilitator, Tony Lulek, beekeeper and owner of Little Beehive Farm in Holliston, MA
What Else: Free parking in municipal lot and on street.
Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick with Jill Miller (former beekeeper).

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QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN . Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. [Source]

Our industrial agriculture is based on monoculture–the growing of one crop over vast expanses of land.  This is devastating for the bees.  It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder and it’s killing the honeybees is great numbers. “We’ve created a food system that demands of the beekeeper to buy-into this migratory beekeeping because that’s where the money is…This form of industrial agriculture is very destructive for the bees, who are under great stress from the transport and then are set forth to pollinate crops that have been often been sprayed by pesticides. The bees encounter foreign climates by traveling, they encounter foreign diseases from other bees transported to the same crop, the beehives and chemically treated to fight these diseases, which in turn lowers their immune system, and you are creating a domino effect of problem begetting problem. “[Source]

There are many things that concerned citizens can do to alleviate the problem, and this movie articulates many of them.


Additional Resources:

Ten Years After the Crisis, What Is Happening to the World’s Bees?

A third of the nation’s honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care

April Free Movie & Discussion: This Changes Everything

April Free Movie & Discussion: This Changes Everything

April 18th, 7-9 pm.  39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA This event is co-sponsored by Occupy Natick, Common Street Spiritual Center, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & Metrowest Peace Action What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries… Continue Reading

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Greenhouse gases from livestock commoditization are a major unsung and covered up cause of Global Warming. It stems from the insatiable human appetites for meat, profit and dominion over Nature. And almost no one is talking about it.
Silence about the Meat-Industrial Complex is fueling our ignorance and denial. Besides the almost unfathomable pain and suffering that is inflicted upon these “animal-commodities” there is the disastrous impact on our environment. Continue Reading