The Guardian reports that Curridabat, a suburb of the Costa Rican capital San José, has extended citizenship to pollinators, Bees and Trees, and native plants. This has been crucial to the municipality’s transformation from an unremarkable suburb into a pioneering haven for urban wildlife.
“Pollinators were the key to recognizing every bee, bat, hummingbird, and butterfly as citizens of Curridabat during my 12-year term as mayor.
“Pollinators are the consultants of the natural world, supreme reproducers and they don’t charge for it. The plan to convert every street into a biocorridor and every neighborhood into an ecosystem required a relationship with them.”
Officials committed to designate every pollinator an honorary citizen of the municipality in order to enhance the relationship. Today, what was once a sleepy city suburb has earned the nickname “Ciudad Dulce,” or “Sweet City.”
Among the city’s 72,000 residents, green corridors and lush greenery are created to provide bees and other pollinators room to thrive. The vegetation that runs through Curridabat veins also benefits those who live there. Reforestation efforts are intended to absorb air pollution, and the bees and trees, of course, give much-needed shade during the scorching summer heat.
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