Silent Earth Dave Goulson

Dave Goulson | Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Recorded: Thu 18 Nov 2021

Duration: 58 mins

Dave Goulson | Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Winter Festival 2021

What is the ‘insect apocalypse’? What effect is climate change having on our insect populations and our ecological community? 

In his book Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, Dave Goulson draws on a lifetime’s study to reveal the shocking decline of insect populations (75% in the last 50 years).  

But why should we care about insect decline? 

Insect life is essential for human wellbeing and human life as we know it. Performing vital roles in keeping soil healthy, pollinating crops, and propping up entire ecosystems, these innumerable little creatures are key to our survival. 

Eye-opening, inspiring and riveting, Silent Earth is part love letter to the insect world, part elegy, part rousing manifesto for a greener planet.  

In conversation with Philippa Nuttall, editor in chief, environment and sustainability, at the New Statesman.

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