January 6, 2022 / Leave a comment
From What If to What Next: Episode Thirty Seven
The decline of insect populations around the world has been nothing short of terrifying. Last year I visited a school in an intensive wine-producing region in France, and suggested to the kids that they might build an insect hotel, only to be told by the head teacher “we don’t have any insects here”. It has stayed with me ever since. So in today’s episode, we are exploring how it would feel to live through a time when insect population, and biodiversity in general, bounced back? If we did everything we possibly could to create the conditions for that? How incredible would that be?
My guests are Vicki Hird, who runs Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food, and is the author of the just-published ‘Rebugging the Planet: The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do – And Why We Need to Love Them More’, and Matt Shardlow is CEO of Buglife, “the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates”. Do join them and support their work.
Thanks as ever to Ben Addicott for sound production and theme music, and for our taste this week of what my Time Machine sounds like… Do let me know what you thought of this episode.