Grab a spoonful of sugar and a few drops of water, then go outside and put it out for the world to see. This modest act can really help the bee population survive, since bees are pollinators that feed 90 percent of the world’s people. It is true that little things may make a big difference.

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

That’s a rather startling notion. Consider that the documentary director claims, “in the last five years, the bee population has dropped by 1/3.”

The renowned naturalist and presenter shared a very easy solution for keeping the bees in business, posting 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.”

Nobody knew, right? You can aid the bees in keeping hydrated and nourished by simply sprinkling a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of water over their hive.

Among the many comments on social media in response to Attenborough’s call for assistance was one concerned individual who inquired: “How can everyday people do a part in helping this issue. I obviously don’t use Roundup. Any other suggestions?”

The following ideas were provided by another person: “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.”

A fan praised Attenborough, stating: “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 said: “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 user stated that they’ve been doing this and it works, writing: “I do… have revived a few, very precious and delicate little creatures.”

Others commented: “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.”

Share the good news… and help some bees!