Why educate people about insects ?
When we talk about the loss of biodiversity, we often talk more about big animals. But, the extinction rate of insects is two times higher than for vertebrates. This extinction could lead to a worldwide catastrophe because of all the biodiversity that is threatened. Why ? There are three mains reasons:
1/ Insects are the major food resource for a lot of animals.
2/ Without pollinators, crops will disappear and our diet will be constrained.
3/ Insects are essentials for the health of the soils because they have an impact on the nutrient recycling.
What are the causes of this decline ? Urbanisation, deforestation, crop conversion… Insects are losing their habitat, kicked off by the intensification of crop management and more specifically by the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
The conclusion is clear and without discussion: if we don’t change, insects will be extinct in a few decades…
The real solution will come from a global approach where everyone has to be part of it. This answer from the society is not only the fact of public politics but also from private politics combined with individual and collectives behaviors.
Schools, from kindergarten to high school, teenagers, specific public (disabled, elderly people…), companies and general public (families, individuals, tourists…).
Make discovering the world of insects to increase the publics desire to learn more about them. Raise public awareness of insects role in ecosystems to see the importance of the change. Communicate knowledge to promote respect for the environment.
Active pedagogy: people are actors through playful and original activities. The aim is that everyone can observe, manipulate, listen and discuss.
The activities are offered in various format: participative games, workshops, field trips, conferences with specialists, thematic exhibitions…
Conviviality, smile and open-mindedness are in our vocabulary to encourage respect to others and nature. Act with skills and objectivity, using our scientific expertise.