Without insects, it won’t work!
>> Insects are an indispensable binder of all soil, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In the last 30 years, their population has declined by 80%. Insect extinction continue at a rate of 2% per year.
Insects have inhabited the planet for several hundred million years, during which time they have developed such an incredible diversity of species and survival abilities that we mammals can only dream of.
It is therefore unimaginable how deadly a desert our landscape must have become for insects, that there is no longer a place for them here. The extinction of insects continues at an astonishing pace, as the poisonous chemicals saturated from agricultural soil and water sources, light pollution, and rapid climate change prove to be overwhelming.
Myslivost magazine: “The trend of insect extinction is clear”
What is shocking is that insects are not disappearing only in intensively cultivated landscapes,. The the same decline is also observed in natural reserves
Insect populations are at a minimum and continue to decline at a rate of 2% per year. Even the most uninformed person must understand the looming ecological disaster that is quietly and rapidly unfolding here. Insects serve as the connective tissue of all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Without insects, everything will collapse. While insects are small and their absence may go unnoticed, the decline in the part of the animal kingdom that relies on insects for food (birds, fish, reptiles, small mammals) is already observable to the naked eye. Their predators follow suit. Without billions of diligent pollinators, plant species and more specialized herbivore species disappear.
In this falling domino effect, humans are somewhere near the end, but they are there. A mutilated and unbalanced ecosystem is prone to all kinds of disasters. One example says it all – the confluence of just a few favorable factors for the bark beetle population explosion (the absence of birds in the forest was one of them), and nearly nothing remained of spruce and pine forests throughout the country a couple of year ago.
Perhaps the European Union has finally sensed the right direction, but unfortunately, it is steering the ship very slowly. The partial limitation of pesticides announced for some time in the year ‘we won’t be here’ is a typical political mockery of the seriousness of the situation. Judge for yourselves – in 2022, the EU made a decision to reduce pesticides by half, effective from 2030. This provision is described as a ‘breakthrough.’ It sounds absolutely unbelievable – being twenty years late, postponing a crucial decision for another eight, and still patting ourselves on the back…
This year, a regulation to limit light pollution has been newly incorporated into the construction law. However, no one found the courage to advocate for a truly effective tool to restore the night sky. Only cosmetic adjustments were made, and the radical revolution that would return the night sky to us and reverse the decline of nocturnal insects, of course, did not happen.
Scientists on the Impact of night light on Insects
Nighttime lighting devastates nocturnal insects in many ways. It not only acts as a light trap and affects migration routes but also directly disrupts their natural life cycle, reduces their viability, and impairs reproductive activity.
But what can I do about it?
If you’re not the mayor of a municipality, and there isn’t a public lighting replacement plan in your area, you probably can’t do much about light pollution. However, everyone can take a moment to reflect on their own actions. Permanent outdoor lighting in your apartment, house, yard, or garden simply isn’t cool. Certainly not for nocturnal insects. A single ordinary garden lamp can ‘suck up’ and kill (directly/indirectly) an incredible amount of nocturnal insects in a year.
“Living Garden” Project
What else can you do (not just for insects) with your garden, or even just a balcony, will be advised by the fantastic ‘Living Garden’ project.
Principles of a living garden: ‘How to do it’
The purpose of the ‘Living Garden’ project and competition is to attract wild animals back into the vicinity of human dwellings and to enjoy their presence.
Biological waste (leaves, vegetable peels, etc.) doesn’t have to end up in the trash – build a small compost. You’ll make heat-loving creatures happy with a rockery or a simple pile of stones. A few pieces of old wood, branches, straw, or decomposing grass, and you’ve got yourself an insect hotel. Few people use a scythe today, but even so – you don’t need to ‘massacre’ your entire garden several times a year with a lawnmower. Some areas can retain the status of year-round meadows while maintaining aesthetics (around fences, pathways, trees, etc.).