What is the Pollinator Pathway?

A Design Challenge to the Planet

NASA view of city lights

The Pollinator Pathway is ‘about’ looking at the earth as a massive design project and considering humanity as its own ecosystem in the Anthropocene. It is a challenge to connect the dots on fragmented landscapes, but more importantly, it is about the organization of our design: designing a better relationship between systems—such as between cities, farms and refuges.

The result is something like ecological judo: by connecting landscape, we help offset the land use of big-scale agriculture. Cities can also play a part: via either using transfer of development (the development mechanism that exchanges building height for setting land outside cities out of development; in this case, it can be used to exchange building height for connection of landscape outside cities), or simply, by using underused space to connect two or more landscapes.

We challenge big players at city, agency, and institutional scales to build Pollinator Pathways to connect existing green spaces across the globe. To do so, means we enable networks of native pollinators–one of the most profound agents of our Earth’s ecosystem. Doing so also means something more: a major leap forward in design as a human civilization.


A Story of Nature in our Time

Our relationship with nature has changed. Nature is no longer “over there”–it is us. The Pollinator Pathway encourages a way of thinking across networks. It works to rebind fragmented landscapes by creating thoughtful, planned connections between green spaces. Additionally, by looking at our cities as drivers of ecologies, rather than at the ecology in cities, we enhance our understanding of the relationship between farms, urban environments, and wilderness–and our role within it.

The story is being recorded to share. Read more about the book. By participating in the project, you also become part of this larger vision.

“An Ecological Accord…for Humans”

Making a Pollinator Pathway is a promise to think, plan, and build to minimums of ecological integrity. The accord reminds humans of their role in The Anthropocene and encourages us to use our ecological power to design for the planet, not just for humans. By providing a recipe and requirements for connecting landscape that matches the ecological needs of a place, we are developing a blueprint for lasting ecological infrastructure.

Why is this an important undertaking