In Berlin, buildings need not be associated with politics to be created with careful consideration for the environment. The most obvious way is to revive rooftops with increasingly popular urban beekeeping.

Just this summer, bees were given a new home on the rooftop of one of the business buildings of the EXPO 2015 fair, where journalists were given a first-hand experience into the world of bees by the so-called “bee whisperer,” a beekeeper herself and the “thematic ambassador” of the German Pavilion at EXPO 2015, Erika Mayr. “There are many advantages to keeping bees in an urban environment. One of them is that urban beekeepers produce local food, meaning the honey does not need to be imported from abroad. Furthermore, beekeeping is a very environmentally-friendly hobby, with no waste production, using no energy to function. It actually produces energy. Gardens and wildflowers are pollinated, and the presence of bees in the core center of the city displays citizens’ will and readiness to move towards a greener future,” said Mayr who, in the center of Berlin, keeps no fewer than fifteen bee colonies of her own, and actively contributes to protecting the bees and bio-diversity of the largest German city.