The Be the Change Project’s Top Tips for Regenerative Living, Part 4: Taking Action for Insects


This is an unexpected but timely entry in my ongoing series on tips for regenerative living.   Unexpected because I had not meant to include a separate piece just for insects: we support them through many of our homesteading and community-building activities and their health and wellbeing are nurtured alongside the other beneficiaries from a regenerative lifestyle.  But, that was before I read a shocking article last week in The New York Times Magazine called, “The Insect Apocalypse is here.” 

With a title like that it’s no surprise that it’s more big-time bad news, this time concerning the dramatic decrease in insect numbers (both in species diversity and biomass) across the world.  It’s a powerful and depressing read but important to give more context to our time, our work, our lives.  In it, the author, Brooke Jarvis, shares several draw-dropping statistics about insect and other animal declines up the food web.  Here are a few standouts:

By weight, the abundance of flying insects in German nature preserves decreased 75% over 27 years

The world’s largest king penguin colony shrank by 88% in 35 years

The population of monarch butterflies fell by 90% in the last 20 years, a loss of 900 million individuals (see my greywater article which talks about monarchs and milkweed here)

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