Everybody, grab a spoonful of sugar and a bit of water and put it outside and you, too, can contribute to saving humanity. This one teeny gesture goes a long way in helping the bee population stay alive, a necessity when you consider that bees are pollinators, responsible for feeding 90% of the world’s populations. Little things really can make a difference.

David Attenborough, who narrates The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, explains that “if bees were to disappear from the face of the Earth, humans would have just four years to live.”

Well that’s a startling notion. And if it seems far-fetched, consider that “in the last five years, the bee population has dropped by 1/3,” according to the documentary maker.

Attenborough shared a very simple solution for keeping the bees in business, writing on Instagram: “In the last 5 years the bee population has dropped by 1/3. If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live. This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it. Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in being swept away. If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach. You can also help by sharing this post to raise awareness.”

Who knew? You can help the bees stay hydrated and nourished to get their job done and it’s as simple as a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of water.

Among the many comments left on social media about Attenborough’s plea for help was one concerned citizen who asked: “How can everyday people do a part in helping this issue. I obviously don’t use Roundup. Any other suggestions?”

Another commenter supplied the following ideas: “Plant plenty of flowers & plants that attract bees. I did this year and the garden is full of color and plenty of bees – definately working. If you see a bee that is not moving on the ground, give it a teaspoon of sugar and water.”

Another commenter thanked Attenborough, writing: “Thank you Sir David Attenborough. Bees, these incredible important little beings have had me concerned for awhile now, how the numbers have dropped. So simple I will do this!”

One person shared: “I do something similar for birds when needed. I just exchange the regular water for electrolyte water. I did find exhausted bees in the past. Had no idea I could help. Now I will.”

Another commenter shared that they’ve been doing this and it’s effective, noting: “I do… have revived a few, very precious and delicate little creatures.”

Others remarked: “I’ve done this a couple of times for bees — got a wonderful video of my last honey bee I helped out,” “Tried it and it works,” and “I do this whenever I can. Last one flew into my head after, I took it as a thanks.”

Spread the word… and save some bees!