With over 40 per cent of insect species at risk of extinction and a third more endangered, our planet is headed towards ‘insectageddon’ – a catastrophic loss of life that would have global ramifications. In Rebugging the Planet, environmental campaigner Vicki Hird demonstrates how insects and other invertebrates, such as worms and spiders, are the cornerstone of our ecosystems and argues passionately that we must turn the tide on this dramatic bug decline.
Apart from being responsible for pollinating plants, feeding birds, supporting and defending crops and cleaning water systems, bugs are also beautiful, inventive and economically invaluable. By rebugging our own attitudes and embracing these brilliant, essential minibeasts, we can give them the space and habitats they need in order to flourish.
Vicki Hird is Head of the Sustainable Farming Campaign for Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, and she also runs an independent consultancy. An experienced and award-winning environmental campaigner, researcher, writer and strategist working mainly in the food, farming and environmental policy arenas, Vicki has worked on government policy for many years and is the author of Perfectly Safe to Eat?: The Facts on Food.
Vicki’s passion is insects. The first pets she gave her children were a family of stick insects, and she received a giraffe-necked weevil tattoo for her 50th birthday. Vicki has a masters in pest management and is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES).