POLLINATORS: WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT AND HOW SCHOOLS CAN HELP
Pollinators: Why they’re important and how schools can helpIf you’ve enjoyed a cup of coffee in the morning, a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day, or pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, you’ve benefited from pollinators. In fact, one out of every three foods you eat needs the help of pollinators.
Pollinators are animals that carry pollen from one plant to another, helping them make fruit or seeds. Without these animals, many types of plants wouldn’t be able to reproduce.
Unfortunately, pollinators face many threats such as increased pesticide use, loss of habitat, decreased plant diversity, and climate change. You have likely heard about the mysterious decline of honeybees. But bees aren’t the only ones in danger – many other pollinators such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds are also in danger of extinction.
With so much at stake, it’s critical we teach students about this important part of our ecosystem. Students of all ages can put their knowledge into practice by participating in building a pollinator habitat. While this is no small undertaking, it is the most direct way schools can take action to support pollinators.
Schools and after-school programs around the country have engaged students in taking steps to support pollinator habitats. Check out the stories below to get inspired.