Unless you have been living under a rock for the past three months you have certainly heard about the insect population crisis. A few months back German researchers reported that insect populations had decreased by seventy five percent in certain German national parks. Since then many other studies have confirmed that the decrease in insect populations is a global trend. Every region on earth is seeing less and less insects in the environment. Even if you hate insects, you are likely aware that insects are essential to the health of the natural environment. Simply put, without insects human life cannot continue to exist. Now that this troubling news is out, many experts in various academic fields have criticized the media for scaring people with this grim insect related news. There exists much disagreement regarding humanity’s ability to handle the enormously negative consequences that go along with insect extinction.
The loss of insect life occurring today is largely blamed on human-induced climate change. Several months ago a journalist named David Wallace-Wells published a news article detailing some of the more catastrophic consequences that will certainly result from climate change. Some of these consequences include a complete collapse of crops, perpetual war over the last remaining resources, and extreme heat that will render major regions of the world completely uninhabitable. Some critics dismiss these warnings as attempts to scare the human populous with sensationalized news reports. One such report that made the rounds on the internet quoted an ecologist who insisted that earth was “on the path to ecological Armageddon” as a result of the plummeting insect population. Although this claim may sound exaggerated, there is good reason to take it seriously as eighty percent of wild plants depend on insects for pollination, and sixty percent of birds live solely on insect-only diets. Some critics of the sensational reports agree that the insect crisis is very real, but still believe that the media has a responsibility to foster responsible behavior as opposed to mass panic. One critic believes that the news regarding plummeting insect populations would be faced more easily if people were told about the trend in a way that emphasizes the problem as it relates to everybody.