Bee populations have been declining quite drastically. However, these small insects are important contributors to Earth’s ecosystems. As one of the countless environmental issues facing the planet, their losses threaten global food production, biodiversity, and species survival. There are numerous reasons for shrinking bee populations, with habitat loss from climate change constituting one example. Another major issue is that American households and industries expose bees to a class of pesticides called “neonicotinoids,” which harm the pollinators’ ability to survive and pollinate.
This is an issue of justice and welfare; if humans are responsible for habitat loss and pollinator deaths, then we are now also responsible for rebuilding habitats and conserving pollinators.