by Countable | 12.3.18
“We notice the losses,” says David Wagner, an entomologist at the University of Connecticut, told the Times. “It’s the diminishment that we don’t see.”
“Bugs are vital to the decomposition that keeps nutrients cycling, soil healthy, plants growing and ecosystems running. This role is mostly invisible, until suddenly it’s not.” –New York Times
“Unfortunately, we have deaf ears in Washington,” Schowalter said. But Congress will have to listen at some point, he added, because our food supply will be threatened.
Insects around the world are in a crisis—does Congress need to act? If so, should they focus on climate change or some other way of protecting arthropods? Take action above, then share your thoughts below.
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Insects rule the world...the natural world that is. But they also allow us humans to eat. Without bees and butterflies to pollinate everything we would be left eating processed foods, no fruits and veggies for us! So protect the insects so we all can survive!
Our dire degrading environmental situation needs to be quickly addressed.
No, this requires science which this administration does not recognize. Don’t waste time on something you don’t understand.
It's sad that insect percentages are going down, but it is more heartbreaking that millions of precious babies are murdered every year. We need to focus on more important issues!
Listen to your constituents and get your head out of the sand!
This is a false premise. Man Made Climate Change is a hoax. Earth's climate changes normally.
We need the bugs to sustain life on this planet, anyone with a degree of intelligence would comprehend this issue so disregard the recommendations by the imbeciles
There was no statistic provided that said that there was a loss economically. I get that they know insects are helpful, and maybe they know that they are dying, but I need to know the damage the deaths have provided so far to know how critical the situation is.
The world cannot survive without bugs. Insects and spiders have important roles that cannot be done by anyone else. they are out pollinators, bug maintenance, and decomposers. We need them to survive and thrive. Please push to enact measures that will help them stay alive and doing their parts.
It’s all connected
No pollinators= no food. No food= civil uprising. I think this is pretty clear.
If the government doesn’t impose regulations then businesses have no incentive to protect the environment. We need the government’s help.
We need to stop the war on nature and begin to live WITH nature.
Crony capitalism has allowed pesticide use to go unchecked, even as the devastating results become obvious. The entire food chain is collapsing from the bottom up. Unfortunately, the crisis is already upon us. Corruption and innaction have led to incredible declines in all measured insect populations, which have decimated bird and fish populations. I realize you only care about lining your pocket and it is little satisfaction to know you'll starve to death with the rest of us.
If a significant part of the earth’s biomass dies, we die. We must act to ban destructive insecticides and chemicals that are harming our pollinators and bio-degraders.
Insects keep us safe and clean. They also are a environmental indicator. When they are gone it will be too late. We should fund studies now.
We have been told repeatedly by the all of the experts in the earth sciences that our very existence is threatened by our reckless behavior. As stuarts of the earth we leave much to be desired. We are seeing the effects of an already changed climate lead to drought, fires, and a new mass extinction has already begun. No amount of money, power, or resources will protect you from what is coming if we continue on this course. Climate refugees are abandoning some of the hottest areas of the world because these places, where civilization developed can no longer sustain the societies they birthed. Even the most radical actions in the face of the existential dangers being presented by the scientific community are not unreasonable, in fact they are surely necessary to assure our continued safety. We will need a whole new economic system accompanied by strict sustainability policies to give ourselves a chance at addressing the environmental issues we face. Business as usual is no longer feasible. In fact it is suicidal. We have a hard choice. Do we sacrifice the unsustainable comforts that we have become accustomed to or do we usher in the complete collapse of our society and perhaps the extinction of all life on earth?
Yes unless they wish us all to die.
While other issues may seem more urgent, protecting insects is essential in protecting our food, our environment, and all living things.
We need an immediate ban on pesticides and insecticides before the collapse of entire ecosystems occurs. Once insects are gone, birds and everything depending on insects will die. Our species will be next. The dead planet may eventually recover but we will not be around to see it.
First insects, then us. Save the bugs!