The simple truth is we can’t live without pollinators
Pollinators are critical to the global food supply. Every third bite of food we eat is a product of pollinator-assisted plant reproduction. Alarmingly, global pollinator populations are in decline for a variety of reasons – most notably habitat loss and pesticide use. GAPP was initiated in 2009 in response to rapid and significant changes in our landscape caused by the Atlanta housing boom of the 1990s and early 2000s. Between 1990 and 2010, U.S. Census data indicates the population in the metro-Atlanta area increased by nearly 2.4 million people resulting in an average daily loss of 54 acres of tree canopy/green space and an increase in impervious surfaces (rooftops, roads, parking lots, etc.) averaging 28 acres a day.
Over a 10-year period, this resulted in the loss of nearly 200,000 acres of potential pollinator habitat!
We need GAPP to promote awareness about pollinator habitat loss, educate audiences about pollinator decline, and to promote the use and implementation of pollinator gardens as a solution.