Caring for the world's bees is very important. Many cities are implementing more greenery in order to attract more pollinators. Also, many startups are working on projects in the bees' favor. Now, a city in the UK has taken yet another step to help save the bees.
About two years ago, the city of Utrecht, located in the Netherlands, decided to install hundreds of bee bus stops - which are bus stops with green rooftops - all around the city, transforming them into a pollinator-friendly haven.
Leicester, a city in the UK is taking inspiration from Utrecht and they are installing a new network of bee bus stops. The initiative is called Living Roof and the network consists of 30 bus stops. On the roof of the bus stops a mixture of sedum plants and wildflowers are planted (both of them are favorites among the pollinators).
The city of Leicester partnered with the media company Clear Channel as a part of this initiative. Besides helping pollinators, the green bus stops boost biodiversity as well as climate resilience. They also store rainwater, diminish the urban heat island effect, cleans the air, captures particulates from the air, and provides the city with more greenery.
DesignBoom also reports that “when attainable, all other bus shelters will be equipped with solar panels, powering smart lighting to manage energy use.”
“It’s great to see the first of Leicester’s new living roof bus shelters appearing across the city,” said Leicester Deputy City Mayor Councillor Adam Clarke to DesignBoom. “The new, modern shelters will be great for passengers and the mix of solar power and living roofs is another step forward for our ambition to be a carbon neutral and climate-adapted city by 2030.”
By helping out the littlest residents of this planet we can make the future come sooner.
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