Who are some of the most important people on this planet?
Bumblebees, that’s who.
They pollinate a great many plants, including those that form wilderness, and those you eat. No pollination, no life.
And a recent large-scale historical study demonstrates that bumblebees are on the way out.
For years now, we’ve known the terrible effect of pesticides on bees of all kinds. However, this study examined the effect of climate change on bumblebee populations. These little friends need relatively cool, moist conditions, and, like most people, they find extreme weather events discombobulating. Need I say more?
In several places, I’ve come across climate denialists enthusiastically spewing their nonsense. They have a NEED to do so, because otherwise they’d have to face up to the fact that their lifestyle is suicidal. Well, I challenge them to convince the bumblebees that all is well.