Can We_Make a Difference?

Driven by this question, our 44 dedicated apprentices traveled to Davos in September for a camp at  Dürrboden. Heavy storms and rainfall had an impact on the meadows of Georg Meier. Over time, numerous large and small rocks accumulated. With negative consequences: less grass and flowers grew, cattle and other farm animals stayed away. Without species-rich forest and meadows_no bees. Without bees_no honey to enjoy.

Roger Schweingruber
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Dürrboden - a remote alp in a side valley near Davos.
Hard work: Tons of rocks have to be moved.
Hopefully soon visible on Google: The UMB super bee is 15 meters long.
Photo session after a job well done: We are proud of our apprentices!

Time _ to make a mark

For one week, they cleared the slopes on the Dürrboden near Davos of debris and rocks to ensure that species-rich meadows can continue to grow there, where many animal species and insects can find suitable living conditions.  But cleaning up was not enough: The hard-working young people wanted to set a lasting example. A sign of how important it is to maintain and preserve valuable habitats. A sign that will not only be visible on earth, but also from space.


Time _ to take responsibility

With the collected rocks, the students formed the creature that disappears first when a habitat is no longer habitable: the bee. The expressive stone symbol on the Dürrboden is 15 meters long and reminds us all to take responsibility for our planet.


Time _ for respect

The mere fact that young people from different regions of Switzerland come together to actively work to protect the environment is remarkable. But the UMB trainees went one step further: With the bee formed from rocks, they have set a lasting sign for the protection of habitats in which both the animal world and the plant world can thrive.


Time _ to provide support

For this reason, UMB has decided to donate the Christmas budget to a forest reforestation project in Graubünden. May the UMB super bee shine all the way into space, as a shining example of the power of collective effort it takes to protect the environment.

As soon as Google has renewed the satellite data, you will find the UMB super bee on Google Maps 46°43'09.8 "N 9°55'30.4 "E. Or you can visit it live during a walk at Dürrboden.