Insects aren't given the respect they deserve.
Some may regard them
as annoyances, or might overlook them altogether, but the members of
the insect population play an essential role in the comforts and
ultimate survival of the human species. In short: we disrespect them
at our peril.
Produced by the DW Documentary series,
Apocalypse' examines the dramatic population decline among insects in
recent decades, and what it spells for the future of life on Earth.
Just how severe is this population crisis?
The world's insect
populations have suffered profound declines of up to 75%, and many
species may become extinct in the coming decades.
butterflies, and moths are among the most vulnerable.
The lion's share of the blame lies with us. On no uncertain terms,
the film makes it clear that man's footprint has taken its toll on
the natural order.
Through a series of studies featured in the film, we can witness
this stark reality at work.
water and land pollution, and
climate change are the main culprits.
In one segment, we learn how harmful pesticides affect the heart
rate of bees as they search for food, and result in disorientation,
sluggishness and death.
According to the film, this has proven
especially disastrous for wild
bees, as they are crucial in the
pollination of our plants, fruits and vegetables.
Insects represent the first level of our food chain, and we also
rely on them to perform nature's dirty work. They're the cycle of
life that powers our ecosystem.
Every insect has its own crucial
function, and the depth of their contributions is not yet fully
Their survival also ensures the vitality of our birds, frogs,
fish and other amphibious life.
Throughout the film, a panel of entomologists testifies to the
various benefits of maintaining a thriving insect population, and
demonstrates the steps that must be taken to curb this progressive
Some are even harvesting their own subspecies.
'The Insect Apocalypse' is an engaging and informative look at an
epidemic with far-reaching consequences we cannot yet fully
comprehend, and the role we all can play in combating it.