Fabled Ecosystem Services (A Writing Experiment)

One beautiful spring day, a tiger cub was bored. Suddenly her eye was caught by a chubby bee buzzing its way between flowers…and she froze…and POUNCE!

But just as she thought she’d trapped the bee under her saucer-like paw, she felt a sharp burn. Jerking her paw up, she licked it twice.

“What was that for?” she whined at the glaring bee.

“Interrupting me,” the bee retorted. “I have work to do.”

“Aren’t you just enjoying the flowers?”


I know it’s inelegant, but can’t repost.

“On the contrary. These plants wouldn’t be here without me and my family. They rely on us to pollinate them and help ensure the next generation. We’re what keeps the world decked in flowers, year after year,” the bee explained.

The tiger cub paused for a moment. “They can’t do it themselves?” She’d never thought of that before.

“Nope. But it evens out: they turn the air we exhale back into something we can inhale. And it isn’t just us, everything relies on each other for one reason or another,” the bee added. “Now, if you’ll excuse me?” and she buzzed off.

The tiger cub tried to go back to her games, but the idea of plants and animals relying on each other stuck in her head. She’d always thought tigers, at least, were free to do as they wished without worrying about anyone else’s interests. “After all,” she mused, “who would be silly enough to try to interfere with these teeth?”



If you made it this far, thanks! I’m Calvin and you’re Hobbes.

Thanks to work for making me think about stories, a friend for an inspiring example of blogging writing experiments, and another friend for complaining about environmental jargon with me over cookie dough (aka brain food). I know your exact phrase was “Ecosystems services? What do they service, my car?” and I want you to know that I did try to piece together an elaborate metaphor comparing the two but was ultimately foiled by my complete lack of understanding of cars and how to service them (Google made a valiant but vain attempt to help).


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