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Angelina Jolie covers herself in bees for World Bee Day

Actress Angelina Jolie is good at generating buzz
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Angelina Jolie is good at generating buzz.

The Oscar-winning actress and a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees covered herself in bees this week for a photoshoot with National Geographic to draw attention to World Bee Day and female beekeepers.

The effort is meant to highlight declining bee populations and a UNESCO-Guerlain program that trains women to protect bees and become beekeepers.

“What’s exciting to me is that instead of stepping forward and saying, ‘We are losing the bees, we have certain species that have gone extinct, are going extinct,’ we’re coming forward to say, ‘Yes, this is how you have to protect,’” Jolie told National Geographic.

May 20, World Bee Day, is used to spread awareness of the role bees play in maintaining environments and the consequences that would come without them.

“Pollinators of course are extremely vital to our life and our environment. And so we have to understand scientifically what happens if we lose them. This is something we can work to solve,” Jolie said.

A program called Women for Bees, started by UNESCO and Guerlain, named Jolie their “godmother” in March.

Jolie will join the group in June to take part in a 30-day program that will teach her beekeeping, according to National Geographic.

“I know it seems like I’m now working on bees, but really, to me, the bee and the pollination and the respect for the environment, it’s all interconnected to women’s livelihoods, [and to] displacement from climate change,” she said.

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