No Insectinction

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.

We believe that there should be sustainable populations of all insects; ‘No Insectinction’ is Buglife’s response to the current crisis – a prescription for healing our planet, by restoring our depleted and devastated insect populations (and other invertebrates such as earthworms, spiders and snails) – we must achieve three things:

1) Room for insects to thrive – we need to make space for wildlife and reconnect the wild parts of our landscapes
2) Safe spaces for insects – we must free our land and freshwaters from pollutants and invasive species
3) Friendlier relationship with insects – We need to act now to stop insectinction.  However, the scale and quality of that action is still limited by our lack of understanding and awareness.

We call upon governments and decision makers around the world to take decisive action to tackle this ecological crisis.

Small steps can have a huge impact if they all fall at the same time. We can stop, and reverse the declines in our insects, but only if everyone pulls together to do their bit.

Five things you can do to reverse insect declines here

Maintaining insect populations is essential for all these important roles they play. Adapted from the UN report ‘We are losing the Little things that run the world’

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