Also want to emphasize this from the article:
“Factors such climate change and land use changes are driving many pollinator species—including 16 percent of vertebrate pollinators—towards extinction. For invertebrate pollinators like bees and butterflies, over 40 percent of species may be be threatened locally, a new report shows.”
“In addition to climate change and land use changes, the report also cites the decline of practices based on indigenous and local knowledge and insecticides like neonicotinoids as contributing to pollinators’ decline.”
To be clear:
“The problem” is by no means just the widespread application in very recent years of a new class of neurotoxic pesticides, the neonocotinoids.
“The problem” is framed as land use, climate disruption, and pesticides, in a top-down industrial paradigm that obliterates local indigenous knowledge, culture and agri-culture.
So “the answer” is not simply “ban neonicotinoids.” Not that we should not swiftly ban neonicotinoids!
To interrupt the accelerating dis-integration of the Earth’s ecology under human industrial assault, we need to end the top-down paradigm of “command and control by capital” over the economy and the ecology.
This is deep work. It requires much more of all of us than banning a class of chemicals. We need to democratically and ecologically transform the political economy, and overcome the entrenched power interests that currently operate there.