According to more than 70 scientists worldwide, we must eliminate the use of pesticides and opt for natural farming approaches to end an insect apocalypse. Time is of the essence as humans must reverse insect habitat loss, over-harvesting, invasive species, and address the climate crisis.
Unsustainable practices must be diminished. Scientists are studying which insects take priority in conservation efforts. The rapid decline of certain predators and pollinators poses a very real threat to biodiversity on the grand scale.
For example, the German government currently serves as a model for other countries to follow. They have committed to allocating funds toward ending an insect apocalypse. In October 2019, the Nature journal published results showing nearly 2,700 insect species have declined more than one third over a ten-year study.
According to the UN Environment Foresight Brief, “The wide use of insecticides, fragmentation of habitats and climate change are placing multiple threats on them, and their populations are under sharp decline.”
With the recent fires in Australia, over 500 million animals have been killed as the fires create an “apocalyptic” smoke plume wider than Europe. Human interference and natural phenomenon affects animals and insects.
Every life has a purpose, whether big or small. This threat can start a chain reaction that puts an end to the food supply, clean air, and humanity.
Roadmap to End Insect Apocalypse
The steps we must take include reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, synthetic pesticides, light, and noise pollution. We must also increase landscape diversity and microhabitats for insects during extreme droughts or heat waves. Strict measures must also be taken to eliminate the introduction of alien species. These can leave a harmful mark on existing and native species.
“This unnoticed apocalypse should set alarms ringing. We have put at risk some of the fundamental building blocks of life. But insects and other invertebrates can recover quickly if we stop killing them and restore the habitats they require to thrive. We all need to take action now in our gardens, parks, farms, and places of work,” claims Gary Mantle, chief executive of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
While larger farms and operations take responsibility, it is also to be noted that local farming and self-sufficiency can go a long way. From both a global and local scale, the power is in the hands of the producer and consumer.
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