Pollinator Conservation Education

Human-caused environmental impacts result in the extinction of many plant and animal species.

Extinctions are permanent. There is no re-set button or do-over when it comes to extinction. What we do or don’t do now may impact the world forever.

The cause that you get involved with now may be remembered for a decade. Protecting pollinators now will impact our forever.

Pollinator decline is the result of habitat loss, climate change and environmental contamination. All are entirely preventable.

Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.

One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators.

Bees, butterflies and moths and other insects make up the majority of pollinators.

More than 65% of all flowering plants are insect-pollinated and 20% of insects, at some stage, depend on flowers for their survival.

21% of all plant species and 40% of insect species and are in serious decline - perhaps destined for extinction if current trends are not reversed.

Habitat loss is the main driver of pollinator decline, followed by agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change.

The demise of pollinators will lead to a significant reduction in agricultural crops, fruits and vegetables for humans.

You can impact pollinator conservation by encouraging more environmentally responsible choices and by advocating for pollinator protection.

Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to the country's crops.

Worldwide, pollinators contribute to the production of ~90 crops.

Long-term population trends for pollinators, are demonstrably downward.

Ignoring pollinator decline now increases the vulnerability of some plant species to extinction.

Humans have caused 322 known animal extinctions.

Number of invertebrates has nearly halved as our population has doubled in size over the past 35 years.

Pollinators face a global scale tipping point from which they may never recover.

Ecosystem stability is affected by pollinator health. Human health, including water quality, and food availability are dependent upon ecosystem stability.

The loss of pollinators is a loss for all of humanity.

Over a decade ago, the U.S. National Research Council referred to the global decline in the number and viability of animal species that facilitate reproduction of flowering plants as a “pollinator crisis.” At risk are about three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants that rely on pollinators. They warned that ignoring equates to exacerbating this crisis.

Since that time efforts have been made to educate agricultural producers, and pesticide applicators of the perils imposed by certain agriculture techniques and management practices, however, because they have not been made aware, the broader segments of society still have minimal appreciation for insect pollinators nor are they aware of the threat pollinators are under.

If pollinator protection programs are to be effective and sustainable, the general public, and youth in particular, must be educated so that they too, can join in the pollinator conservation movement. Innovative school teachers can become effective agents of change within a public educational system as they influence what and how students learn.

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