Sustainability pollination insects

You might have read a very disturbing headline a few days ago about the plummeting insect numbers across the globe. Insects could vanish within a century from now!! This is the article in the Guardian from the 10th of February 2019.

Beekeeping is a hobby of mine and naturally this shocking article has very much hit home with me over the past days. Yes I have been increasingly aware of the fact that our insect numbers are going down but I did not realise that the situation was so bad. This was the most shocking part of the article:

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.” Source:

Sustainability is a fantasy if we carry on like we do at the moment

Sustainability is a fantasy if we carry on the path we have chosen to take. It is simply not enough to make sure we change the path we are going if we can not change two major trends. (1) The Climate Change challenge and this devastating (2) decline in insect numbers are two scenarios that are bound to bring our future on this planet to a rapid end.

I am not a man with a pessimistic view of this world be live in, that much needs to be said. And I will not give up working for a more sustainable world with the time I have available.

Make a difference by doing your bit

So please join me and make difference by doing your bit for our sustainable future together as a human race. This might sound corny and over the top but I would rather be a bit over the top in my messaging if this makes a bigger difference. We need to make sure we are working together on this while at the same time start with our own impact.

So what can you do today and right now to make a difference to our sustainable future? Can you make sure insects in your local area are find enough food? Are you cutting down on your plastic waste? Are you driving less with your car to work or other places? There are a million things you can do. And you can do these now from the next second onward. So let us get started!

Picture Credit: “Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)” by Bob Peterson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1 Comment

  1. I have been following this issues about bees myself. I am researching and writing an article on bees and butterflies in our environment. I am teacher in an all girls inependent school and we own sporting fields and an outdoor site. the girls are all concerend too. Last year we installed our first bee hive with Australian native bees that are stingless. This hive will then be moved to our sporting or outdoor sites and we will build the colonies. Bees are essential to our environment. They are hard working in maintianing a balance in our natural environment.

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