Our pollinators are disappearing at a shocking rate, and already 90% of monarch butterflies and bees are extinct. Pollinators are important for permanent agriculture and ecosystems, so important that Albert Einstein said “if the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Now what to do? While we should think globally, we should act locally. Everything starts at home when it comes to local action. What can you do to make, first, your home, then your community pollinator-friendly.
Start by avoiding overheating and overcooling your interior, because insects such as bees are vulnerable to changes in temperate. Then, pledge to not use pesticides or herbicides in your home or garden. Even though it kills pests like mosquitoes or hornets, it also kills other insects vital to our eco-system. The next step would be to plant local flowers and herbs that pollinators tend to prefer. In North America, for example, you could plant the following: Lavender, Calendula, Marigold, Bee Balm, Thistle, Milkweed, Buttercup, Rosemary, Sage and Cilantro. If gardening is not your thing, you can simply take a plate of water, mixed with equal parts sugar and leave outside for insects to indulge.
An even bigger step would be to take the matter to a community or neighborhood committee, and issue a pesticide and herbicide ban and claim responsibility for a community garden, with the plants necessary for these insects survival. You could also donate to charitable organizations taking steps toward saving pollinators or other endangered species.