There is a general misconception by the public that the impacts of climate change will not affect them on a personal level. While temperatures rise, the day to day impact of climate change for many humans will be limited, and undoubtedly bearable, goes the argument. This limited view of climate change's effect does not account for how plant, insect, and animal species are migrating to avoid the devastation from the earth's warming. There are several excellent examples with credible scientific documentation of climate change's impact on plant, insect, and animal species. One example of an insect illustrates this point that species migration affects humans on a personal level.
Countless studies are indicating nearly every species of insect is feeling the impact of climate change. One that should concern every human alive on the planet is the impact of climate change on honey bees. Agricultural scientists claim nearly 75% of all food crops depend on pollinators. Bees may be the single most crucial pollinator in agrarian production. The reduction in habitat and fluxing change in seasons from climate change are two leading causes of catastrophic declines in the bee population. Without pollination, the food supply is threatened. Climate change is not the sole reason for the rapid decline in the bee population, but climate change's impact touches several reasons for the causes of bee migration and demise.
Fortunately, the bee population can be restored. Farmers have learned that planting flowering plants near crops creates sustainable habitats for bees. Nearly everyone can plant flowering plants in a park or open space. These are all potentially a habitat for bees. Reducing pesticides reduces climate change and benefits bees as well. By purchasing locally sourced organic food products, a person can contribute to protecting the food supply and reinvigorating the bee population.
There are several examples of species migrating that affect the food supply of humans. For example, several fish species, such as mackerel, tuna, cod, and other cold-water species, migrate to the north to avoid the warmer waters impacting their habitats. These are critical to the economies of several countries and are a significant food source.
Another migrating insect that does not share the high favorability rating of the honey bee is the mosquito. The mosquito is migrating to new areas where the human population may not have developed immunity from diseases mosquitoes carry. Although mosquito-carried malaria is a problem that has been under control in many parts of the world, the migration of mosquitoes to areas that are not familiar with them or prepared for an invasion of disease-carrying insects is problematic.
In short, there are no species on the planet that is not affected by climate change. Humans have a false sense of security if they believe migrating species will not change some aspects of their lives. As demonstrated by the example of bees, some minor changes in the lifestyles of humans and thought about how species are impacted by climate change can lead to significant reductions in the causes of climate change.