“The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you”L.R. Knost
In 2020 the global pandemic of COVID-19 truly broke apart our world. This summer, when our days are filled with anxiety and despair, how can we find the courage to continue doing the work needed to repair the world?
Some people think fireflies are just tiny insects, but for me they’re so much more! They are luminous beings whose natural magic inspires optimism and hope even during the darkest times. That’s why we’ve chosen Hope Rising as the theme for World Firefly Day 2020.
While we celebrate on July 4-5 (also Independence Day in the U.S.), scientists around the world are working hard to develop a vaccine that will protect humanity from this deadly disease. At the same time, we’re working hard to preserve these hope-filled sparks for future generations to enjoy. Even though fireflies have simple needs – water, food, and shelter – they face major threats from loss of suitable habitat, light pollution, and widespread pesticide use.
Here are some simple things we all can do to help fireflies survive:
- Protect their homes: help preserve the places where fireflies thrive.
- Turn off the lights: too much light at night disrupts firefly courtship.
- Don’t use pesticides in your lawn or garden: neonics and other insecticides harm juvenile fireflies.
And please help us spread the word by sharing more tips for creating more firefly-friendly places with others in your Home Owner’s Association, garden club, neighborhood, or town.
Because who’d want to live in a world without fireflies?
Learn more about how you can protect fireflies in Silent Sparks (Chapter 8 : Lights Out for Fireflies?)