Stop the insect extinction crisis by protecting their habitats and transforming our food and energy systems.
Half of the one million species facing extinction are insects, imperiling life on Earth. Insects pollinate three-fourths of all flowering plants and crops that produce more than one-third of the world’s food. A majority of birds and freshwater fish consume them. We are losing insects at an alarming rate, a circumstance sometimes referred to as the “insect apocalypse.” The crisis affects every nation. It may result in the first mass extinction in the history of insects on Earth, potentially causing the collapse of the global food web and widespread starvation. Reasons for insect decline include the loss of habitat, pollution, the use of agricultural chemicals, and climate change. To stop this extinction, we must restore insect habitats and either end destructive activities or transition them to sustainable ones, such as regenerative agriculture and renewable energy.