Artificial light can have harmful effects on the insect community. But the condition is getting worse in Germany recently. Artificial light can make it difficult for insects to spot their prey. It can also lead to exhaustion and even worse death.
Due to the rapid decline in insect population in Germany, they have decided to ban excessive floodlights and to keep artificial lights as low as possible.
Their ministry has developed a number of policies to ensure that measures are taken to address this issue. This includes many aspects to protect the insect community and populations by decreasing the light after sunset and at night.
The use of insecticide will also be prohibited. These policies are all part of the recently drafted Insect Protection Action Plan.
All these policies will be handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture. In turn, they will ensure that the policies are strictly implemented. There will therefore be more pressure on them.
Many environmentalists have also appreciated these policies. They welcomed this new change and urged the government to ensure that these changes are carried out.
Julia Klockner, Minister of Agriculture, has been called out by the DNR (a German Nature Conservation Association) to resolve these issues and deliver on the promises made. It has also been requested by the DNR to reduce the use of glyphosate by 2023.
More policies are being pursued against the preservation of insects such as bees. Policies are being drafted and their implementation will be ensured. Recently, Tesla had to experience some delays as ant colonies in the location where it was planning to build its ‘gigafactory” had to be relocated.
To implement these policies, the Ministry seeks the Cabinet’s approval. There will be no floodlights, no skylights, and no searchlights after sundown. The use of insecticides on public grounds will be limited and strict supervision will be ensured.