A little while back, I read with interest that the U.S. ambassador to Finland, Bruce Oreck and his wife decided to set up beekeeping at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. It turns out that they both have experience with beekeeping, and when they heard there was a shortage of beekeepers in the urban areas in Finland, they decided to help out.

Even better, they’re going to try to help bring back an endangered species, the European Dark Bee. A story in the Helsingin Sanomat explained that they are also concerned about maintaining biodiversity.

This is welcome news, and heartening to find people in high places who are willing to do more than pay the perfunctory lip service to environmental issues.