Asheville Loves Pollinators


Asheville Loves Pollinators

  • Dayna Reggero

    Dayna Reggero travels to work locally around the globe. Her latest effort is the Climate Listening Project film series.

Asheville Renaissance Hotel

I've been following climate connectors--a bird we love, the food we eat, our faith, families, and businesses--and sharing hopeful conversations on climate and community around the world. Producing the Climate Listening Project has been such a wonderful experience - collaborating with amazing organizations, traveling to beautiful places with great people, meeting new friends, learning about good things people are doing, and sharing stories along the way.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel came up with an idea to have the beloved honey bee introduce all the ways that pollinators are important to the natural areas we love, the food we eat, and so many of the things we appreciate and need. So, they reached out to collaborate on a video for the Renaissance Hotels Global #‎DayofDiscovery and kickoff of National Pollinator Week.

We thought it would be fun to share something fun from our home base in Asheville, North Carolina. And pollinators are another important connector in the climate conversation.

Lots of groups and community members have been working together to create a pollinator-friendly environment in downtown Asheville. So many individuals and places contributed to the making of this fun piece; and hundreds of people showed up for the big premiere.

We are excited to feature Kat Williams as the voice of the Honey Bee. Many thanks to K23 Media for creating this sweet short and beautiful photos! And, thanks to Bee City USA, Monarch Rescue, Center for Honeybee Research, ZaPow, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Twin Leaf Brewery, The Nightbell, Chestnut, Sovereign Remedies, Asheville Bee Charmer, Asheville City Market, LaZoom Tours, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, artist Brittany Tantura, and all in Asheville who were a part of this project.

Since this video is focused on solutions, here are a few background articles on the topic:

"How climate change is messing with bees" via Smithsonian Magazine


"Bumblebees being crushed by climate change" via Science Magazine

"Climate change may disrupt monarch butterfly populations" via Scientific American Magazine

"Bees are losing their habitat because of climate change" via TIME

"Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows" via The Guardian

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