The latest dispatch on nature's hardest-working pollinators.

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When you think about climate change, you should be thinking about, among other things, honeybees. But according to a recent study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, you're likely not. Though insect biodiversity has plummeted over the past decade, media coverage of the pollinator crisis has lagged. The study examined 25 million news pieces and concluded that pollinator news was often upstaged by other climate change stories: Rising sea levels and wildfires made front pages, while insect endangerment was pushed to specialty sections.

Why It Matters

Although dwindling pollinator populations may not be getting the PR, the endangerment of eight native bee species severely impacts our food system. Bees pollinate the fruiting plants and leafy greens that make up nearly a third of the food we eat. We need to increase awareness and action to protect vulnerable bee populations—and human ones.

How You Can Help

Support education and legislation through the organizations below. Or plant pollinator-friendly flowers in your own backyard and tell a friend, and tell them to tell a friend...

The Bee Cause Project provides "bee grants" to fund educational hives in schools across the United States, aiming to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Beesponsible supports the Saving America's Pollinators Act, a 2019 bill that would require the EPA to cancel eight specific pollinator-harming pesticides. Sign the pledge here.

This article originally appeared in our Summer 2021 issue. Get the magazine here.