The other day I came across this article:
Ignoring for the moment that the information came via the Daily Mail, there has been backlash/argument about the angle and meaning of the research, an example found here in the New York Times. Here is the actual report from the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany so you can read and assess for yourself.
I felt the content provoked some very important questions about the human relationship to technology. Would people give up a technology and dependence on a technology to save the planet (i.e. themselves)? If the evidence became irrefutable, would governments call upon their people to throw away and/or modify their cell phones? Would people revolt and say the government was trying to control their right of free choice? Would saving the bees become a number one issue on legislative agendas above things like national security? Would it become an interest of worldwide security?
I’m curious to know if there are examples of technology being dismantled or stopped because of evident health risks and environment concerns. Considering the rising human population, the link between our expanding life spans and expanding technology and the considerable challenges of current and impending food shortages, I think we need to communally and individually acknowledge that our insignificant cell phones could be posing a major problem. And this is not to ignore our other “contributions” to their potential demise: chemical pesticides, pollution, climate change, and mass agriculture to name a few.
The possibility of bee extinction is clearly of human making. It points to our incessant drive to consume, our parasitic nature concerning Nature, and our genuine disregard for the well being of others fueled by desires that are inherently individualistic and selfish. What will it take for us to evolve beyond consumption? Perhaps the mass extinction of bees will leave us with little to nothing to consume except our guilt about our passivity…or simply more genetically modified foods.