Submitted by AJ Cann on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 15:20
    Reversing the decline of insects

    American biologist E.O. Wilson once said, "without insects the environment would collapse into chaos". More...

    "The growing evidence that many are in rapid decline - with, for example, UK butterfly populations down more than 50% since 1976 - should be of very deep concern for all of us, but sadly not surprising. We have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows since the 1930s and 87% of our wetlands have gone. Annually, we apply 16.9 thousand tons of pesticides on our countryside every year, and that does not include what we spray in our towns and our cities, in our gardens and the chemicals we pour down our drains. A 2019 EU report on global biodiversity loss tells us that it is not too late to reverse insect declines, but only if we start now at every level of society, from local to global."

    A new report by the Wildlife Trusts, Reversing the Decline of Insects, focuses on examples of what can be done by everyone to halt and reverse this crisis. Read the report here: