Insect ranks have experienced a drastic decline in recent years, therefore triggering an alarming signal for humankind.
Scientists are struggling to understand the full repercussions of an insect extinction. Since bugs are an intrinsic component of the food chain, their disappearance would mean nothing less than an “ecological Armageddon.”
Survival of the entire ecosystem is at stake here. Flora and fauna rely heavily on insects to continue their natural cycle of life.
If you would gather all the insects in a bowl and place them on a scale next to a bowl with all humans on this planet, insects would outweigh our species 17 times over.
Even so, their numbers are dramatically decreasing one year after another, and there is no saying how long we have until researchers’ horrendous outlook will unfold.
What should you expect? Well, nothing less than a dead planet with desolate landscapes, similar to what we see on Mars today.
If you’re thinking there is still time and that I’m being over-dramatic, you might want to know what environmentalist Brad Lister has to say on this matter.
When he returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after three decades and a half, he discovered that 98% of the insects inhabiting the soil had disappeared.
We knew that something was amiss in the first couple of days,” Lister said. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andreas and I said: ‘Where are all the birds?’ There was nothing.”
So, the fauna is the second to experience decline as a consequence of insects vanishing, and flora will shortly follow.
It was just astonishing,” Lister said. “Before, both the sticky ground plates and canopy plates would be covered with insects. You’d be there for hours picking them off the plates at night. But now the plates would come down after 12 hours in the tropical forest with a couple of lonely insects trapped or none at all.”
This rapid decline in insect population doesn’t apply exclusively to this rainforest. The devastating repercussions are felt worldwide, and there seems to be nothing much we can do about it.
Representing just 0,01% of all life on Earth, the human species dominates all life on this planet, and is doing a great job at murdering everything that stands in the way of its selfish interests.
As a matter of fact, to this day, we’ve already butchered 83% of wild mammals on earth, so pretty soon there won’t be much left than to turn against each other.
Paradoxically, this could be the only chance the planet has to survive. And you, as preppers and survivalists, will have the mission to preserve the human species when SHTF.
After Lister saw the “collapse of insect population in that rainforest,” he immediately understood that “we are essentially destroying the very life support systems that allow us to sustain our existence on the planet, along with all the other life on the planet.”
It is just horrifying to watch us decimate the natural world like this,” Lister concluded bitterly.
After making his study available online in October last year, researchers found this “hyper-alarming” and referred to this as the beginning procedure of the ultimate destruction of the natural life support system that holds this planet together.
You might be thinking that this is just some isolated study. However, this is part of a series of researches conducted last year that show the exact same incredibly alarming results.
- Germany’s natural reserves have experienced a steep 75% drop in flying insect numbers in the last 25 years.
- One eucalyptus forest in Australia has lost all bird population due to drought and heat.
- Insect numbers in a Mexico dry forest have also declined by 80% since 1980.
And the list can go on and on. If you are a frequent backpacker and enjoy nature, you probably have noticed by now that flora and fauna have changed drastically in recent decades, and that lush population of insects and plants are now found only in remote mountainous regions.
With this in mind, we must prepare for the worst. Nature will always find a way to spring back into existence.
However, it will first need to shake off the human parasites that have been pillaging this nurturing habitat for so long.
When this happens, you’ll need to hold on tight. You’ll have to use your knowledge to survive and see the new world, as well as help rebuilding it.
This should be your main task as an aware prepper and survivalist – to preserve both the good fruits of our species and the nurturing natural habitat on this planet.
Time will tell when things will go messy. At that point, you’ll need to stand prepared.