Insect pollinators are an essential part of the food chain’s foundation, both for humans and for all other animals. They are necessary for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. Alarmingly, a 2019 study reports that 40 percent of all insect species are declining globally and that a third of them are endangered. In North America a significant proportion of native bee species are at risk of extinction, as are 19 percent of the butterflies. Xerces Society Ambassador Tom Lindeman spoke to us about the importance of pollinators, with a focus on native bee population, and how we all can help support and conserve these creatures, who are so vital in making our planet function. Click the photo below to access the video. Passcode is 6*#RZCDh.