When you’re at the top of the food chain, it’s easy to ignore what happens many tiers below. But a species that pollinates much of your fruit is worth worrying about—not least because pretty much every other way of pollinating is more expensive and troublesome than letting insects do the work.

Determined to stave off their disappearance, the Capital Bee initiative has established seven training sites for 75 beekeepers in London—in schools, community centres and housing estates. It encourages Londoners to help make the city bee-friendly by growing their own food and bee-friendly flowers in their gardens. Finally, the initiative asks people to renounce the use of pesticides by buying organic products and using them in their own gardens.

This and more inspiring projects can be found in the print copy of A smart guide to Utopia or the ebook version.