Insects are the backbone of a healthy global ecosystem, but their numbers are facing a catastrophic decline due to climate change. So what can you do to help?
Already beset by degraded landscapes and a toxic environment, insects are set to see a catastrophic decline in numbers, unless climate change is controlled, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. This is in addition to the alarming collapse reported in Germany, where 75% of the flying insect biomass has vanished from protected areas in less than 30 years.
The consequences of his absence will be global. Is there anything we can do other than despair? They will need steps to get around as the weather changes. Here are some ways you can help.
If you have a garden, make it part of the solution. They need food and we have destroyed 97% of our wild grasslands. The Buglife charity has a great guide that shows which plants help which insects: winter flowers like hellebore, erica, and mahonia for pollinators like bees; evergreen shrubs and insect climbers such as mealybugs and spiders.
Insects need water; make sure you have some in your garden. Watching the bees drink in the bird bath is fun; Better yet is watching dragonflies emerge from your wildlife pond.
Look beyond your own patch and push your advice to turn edges into bug roads. Plants help insects, which help mammals, bats, amphibians, reptiles, and birds to thrive. We need to fix the system, not just an isolated component.
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