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Carlo Montesanti

Carlo Montesanti

At the age of 27 and having recently arrived in the UK it was Carlo’s idea to create the Bee Guardian Foundation and since this time Carlo has been the driving force behind the direction of the organisation, hence his role as development manager.
Bee Guardian Foundation (BGF) is a non-profit organisation established in 2009, by young award-winning social entrepreneurs, to protect the world’s diverse bee species. Bees are keystone species within the Earth’s eco-system and are essential for maintaining biodiversity. Bees pollinate at least one third of the food we eat, the cotton we wear and many of the medicinal plants on which we depend. Yet most people have only heard of the honeybee as being important. The honeybee is only one of 20,000 threatened bee species worldwide.  We currently have 256 bee species within the UK many of which are threatened and are disappearing. Bees and flowering plants have co-evolved, so in order to maintain plant diversity we must maintain bee diversity.
BGF works creatively, using the co-founders skills in science, art, music and dance to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and protecting bee and pollinator diversity, and to engage, empower and inspire individuals, whole communities and businesses who are NOT normally involved in conservation efforts, as well as educational centres such as schools and universities, and councils, to take responsibility, feel a connection with and care for the land that they manage or live near and to work together as “Bee Guardians” (BG) to protect and enhance these essential pollinators and the environment that supports them. Within three years BGF has created the world’s first Bee Guardian Town, City, University, BG products and over 6000 Bee Guardian Individuals.

http://www.beeguardianfoundation.org/

(update 2013-01-29)