Sappey to highlight environmental importance of bee population with Earth Day event: April 22

KENNETT SQUARE, April 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced she will host an Earth Day event called “Protecting Our Bees” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Monday, April 22 at Shadyside Park located at 1645 Shadyside Road in West Bradford Township.

This year’s Earth Day global theme is “Protect our Species.” Sappey said that as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, she feels it is important to focus on protecting the bee population.

Sappey noted statistics that reflect pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. agriculture industry and the global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion. With recent reports of annual hive losses from beekeepers across the nation, including those in Pennsylvania, she stated she wanted to bring awareness to this issue on a day observed for global ecological appreciation.

This free event will feature an observation hive, and activities for kids and adults. It will also include presentations from special guest speakers at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. on the importance of bees and how to further protect the species.

Residents should call Sappey’s office with questions or to RSVP at 484-200-8264.