Urgent action is needed to halt the declines in insect life – join us to save the small things that run the planet
Insect populations are in crisis. Recent studies paint a grim picture of the decline of essential insects across the planet. A well-publicised review recently concluded that current declines could lead to the extinction of 41% of the world’s insect species over the next few decades. Butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, and dung beetles are amongst the most at risk, along with freshwater-dependent insects such as stoneflies, caddisflies and mayflies. A small number of unfussy, very mobile and pollutant-tolerant species are able to cope with the damage that humans are doing to our planet. These generalist species are replacing the rich diversity of species that make up the fabric of life on Earth.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that our planet’s ecological balance is breaking and there is an urgent need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these dreadful trends – allowing the insect eradication crisis to become a catastrophe is not a rational option.