#4: The Beepocalypse

In the TED talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Sinek also says, “The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.” I think that these quotes mean successful business leaders sell because they tell people why they do what they do, and not what they do.

Later in the talk, Sinek says, “If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe.” He also says, “It’s those who start with why that have the ability to inspire those around them, or find others who inspire them.” I think that these quotes mean that if you tell people about what you believe in and why, the people who have that same belief will agree with and will be on your side.

I found a website online called SOS Bees. Their aim is to get people to “support the change towards ecological farming and help to protect bees, wild bees and other pollinators: buy regional and organic food, avoid pesticides in your garden, plant bee-friendly organic flowers and get active by signing the petition to save the bees and agriculture.” Located within the website is a description of what is happening to the bees, the causes of the crisis, and possible solutions to the problem.

Another organization that is working to save the bees is Bee City USA. Bee City USA organizes talks in cities to raise awareness of the role that bees play in supporting most of the world’s plants. They share instructions on what we can do to stop the decline of the bees.

I believe that nature’s problems are everyone’s responsibility. We all should work to solve the issues of the planet. Responding to the natural problems is important because neglecting to do so threatens our future. One way to protect nature is to take action to create change. The change could be centered on the dying of honey bees both locally and internationally.


“How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Simon Sinek:. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.

“Home.” The Bees in Decline. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.

“BCUSA – Purpose.” BeeCityUSA.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.

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Featured image courtesy of AJC1

Zachariah Burrows

2 Responses to “#4: The Beepocalypse

  • Zachariah,

    That last paragraph you wrote is so powerful. The ideas, the order, the appeal to a greater bond than caring about a bee. Did you have a chance to look at any of those links that I wrote about on your blog post #3? I look forward to seeing you next weekend to talk about these ideas more.

    -Tim

  • Courtney Krahn
    4 years ago

    Zachariah,

    I’m glad to see that you decided to go with this interesting topic. The organizations you researched seem to be making good strides toward inciting change.

    There are also local organizations with this same mission. This article was recently in The Addison Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201609bright-idea-kiernan-pairs-solar-arrays-and-bees

    The final sentences of your blog get to the heart of what some would argue is currently our world’s greatest security threat: “I believe that nature’s problems are everyone’s responsibility. We all should work to solve the issues of the planet. Responding to the natural problems is important because neglecting to do so threatens our future.” I couldn’t agree with you more, and what’s great about this topic is that it zooms in on one of the very many issues that fall under the vast umbrella that is climate change. You are headed in a specific and tangible direction with this topic.

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