Future of Humanity Under Threat


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A bee pollinating flowers.

Payton Rofe, Staff Writer & Copy Editor

Many events have risen to become a threat to the future of humanity. Not just global warming or volcanic threats, but also the endangerment of animals around us. For example, according to Scientificamerican.com, populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians have shrunk by 60 percent in just over 40 years. Between the years of 1947 and 2005, the number of honeybees in the United States has declined from 5.9 million to 2.4 million. 

Bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate. If bees go extinct, it would affect our whole food chain. Samantha Dunn states, “I don’t know what people would do if the bees go extinct.” Scientists say that it would start with possibly losing the plants bees pollinate. Then, that could affect all the animals who eat them, and this impact could lead up the food chain to us humans. Hence, it could possibly become difficult to sustain a global population of over seven billion people. 

Honeybees are vital for a healthy environment and economy. They help keep plants and animals alive. Without bees, we wouldn’t have as much to eat. Geneticliteracyproject.org states, “One-third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees.”

Some may be wondering, what is killing the bees? Colony Collapse Disorder is the most common answer. Britannica.com says, “CCD is the disorder that appears to affect the adult bees’ ability to navigate. They leave the hive to find pollen and never return.” CCD can be caused by chemical contamination, poisoning from pesticides and lack of genetic adversity. In the six years leading up to 2013, ten million colonies were lost. 

Olivia Mlouk, a seventh-grader at McAuliffe Middle School, states, “Bees are very important for our environment, and we should do everything in our power to save them from extinction.”