Insects: Who Cares?

till.eberli

Lehrprojekt von Till Eberli

JONAS SALK

“If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish.

If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish.”

Insects.

by TILL EBERLI

Who Cares?


Beauty.


when all the

colors

on our planet

are gone

Since 1990, half of all

butterfly species have

disappeared from Europe.

80% of butterfly

species are on the

endangered list. The

reasons are diverse:

climate change, forest

fires, and intensive

farming.

Goodbye.


and the

world

is

on the

Why care?

It doesn’t end with the

butterflies. They’re essential

for the food chain.

Bird populations are declining

by up to 20 percent

in many places because

insects are their primary

food. Plants are no longer

pollinated and thus their

natural development is

inhibited. This also has a

direct impact on people

and agriculture. Without

pollinators, the supply of

domestic fruit and vegetables

is likely to be reduced

in the future.



will

we

realize

we

are

that

a

part

of it

?



Ordo

we

dr


ift

apart

too

far,


is like

burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.

untilit’s

too

late

to

cheat

the

gallows?


Destroying rainforest for economic gain


WE KEEP ON

POISONING

THE WORLD

AROUND US




The more we pour the big machines,

the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides,

the fertilizer and chemicals into farming,

the more we knock out the mechanism

that made it all work in the first place.

David R. Brower



PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES

PESTICIDES


Greed.





If the bee disappeared

off the face of the earth,

man would only have

four years left to live.

Maurice Maeterlinck




Consumption.

“The biggest enemy of the honey bee is beekeeping itself”. This claim

originates from the German bee researcher Torben Schiffer, who sees

the greatest threat not in the Varroa mite, but rather in the non-species-specific

husbandry and treatment by beekeepers. Although many

have started beekeeping for idealistic reasons and want to help the

bees, the training is purely designed to maximize profits. It is taught

to produce as much honey as possible, but not how a species-appropriate

attitude looks. Furthermore, the domestic honey bees are

threatening the native bees. The latter are actually the better polluniators.

80 percent of all flowering plants depend on pollination. If

the bees keep dying some day humans have to pollinate the flowers

themselves. Sounds horrible right? Actually that’s already a reality. In

Sichuan, a region in China, trees are being pollinated by hand because

the number of pollinator insects has declined drastically following excessive

pesticide use. By consuming honey, we encourage the mass

production of honey and thus the spread of diseased bees, which in

turn endanger wild bees. Again, this will lead to a chain reaction, which

will be felt by mankind.


ECAUSE

OTHING

S EVER

NOUGH



Destruction.

Due to massive construction, intensive agriculture and drainage of wetlands,

humans are destroying or fragmenting the natural habitats of insects. The

decline of species-rich dry and mountain meadows also leads to the loss of

valuable habitats. In the short span of just three decades, humans have decimated

insect populations by as much as 75 percent in various areas. 60 percent

of the insect species studied so far in Switzerland belong to the “red list”.

Insects are indispensable for soil fertility. They feed on leaf litter and ensure

sufficient aeration. The Insects convert organic material such as dead wood,

carcasses and feces into recyclable raw materials. Without insects, nature is

in danger of suffocating in its own waste.


destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction

destruction


We don’t give a damn

to the insects on our Earth,

but if we could find even a single

insect on Mars, the whole world

would cherish it like crazy!

Mehmet Murat ildan



howfar

do go

wanna we ?




If all humans disappeared today

,the earth would start improving

tomorrow. If all the ants disappeared

today ,the earth would

start dying tomorrow.

David Suzuki


Suicide.

It’s a fact that humans can’t survive without the insects.

Still, there is no global effort to stop this threatful

trend. We have to stop thinking about economic

growth and start support sustainable approaches

whether it’s in spacial planning, agricultural, educational

or economical policy. If we continue with the

destruction of habitats, the use of pesticides and the

mass production of honey, the ecological collapse

will be unstoppable. Once the insects decline, everything

else will as well. We are literally holding a gun

to our heads. Now the question is whether we want

to pull the trigger or do something for our planet.


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