The project is an effort to combat the declining bee population.
A city in the Netherlands has found an innovative way to help combat the declining bee population: turning its bus stops into "bee stops."
Pollinators around the world are in danger these days. Thanks to pesticides, removal of important pollinating flora, and altered seasons due to the climate crisis, bees are experiencing mass colony deaths. As pollinators are vital to keeping our food resources growing, we need to address these issues. In Utrecht, the city has converted the roofs of 316 of its bus stops into small gardens filled with plants that bees need. The wildflowers help attract honeybees and also catch rainwater. The roofs are mainly composed of sedum plants, which are a favorite among pollinators and require very little water to survive.
These plants, which are maintained by city workers, come at a crucial time. The Netherlands has around 358 different types of bees, and roughly half of those are on the Dutch Red List of endangered species.
In addition to the bee stops, the city allows residents to apply for funding to transform their own roofs into bee sanctuaries. And as part of its clean transport goals, the aim is to introduce 55 new electric buses by the end of the year and to have "completely clean public transport" by 2028. The electricity used to power these buses will come from one of the Netherland's most iconic attractions: windmills.