Dave Goulson: Silent Earth

Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Tuesday 2 November 2021

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Insects are vital, fascinating, weird and wonderful. They are food, pollinators, recyclers, pest controllers, and much more, so we should be deeply concerned that they are in rapid decline.

Coinciding with the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Professor Dave Goulson, author of Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, delves into the fascinating biology of bees, explains the many causes of insect decline, and turns to the solutions of this crisis.

We can all help in many ways, first by turning our gardens and urban greenspaces into oases for life, and second by fundamentally changing the way we grow food, and the food we buy.


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DARE Liberty Lecture in association with the University of Leeds

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About the speaker

Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, specialising in bee ecology, and co-founder of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. His 2013 Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, his account of a life spent studying bumble bees, has now been translated into seventeen languages, helping to build popular interest in the insects and their conservation. Since then, he has published A Buzz in the Meadow (2014), Bee Quest (2017), The Garden Jungle (2019), and Gardening for Bumblebees (2021).

Published by Penguin earlier this year, Silent Earth is ‘part love letter to the insect world, part elegy, part rousing manifesto for a greener planet’.

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