- In 1950, Bangladesh teemed with 100 million people. Today,
it overflows with 144 million people. That might not be so bad, except
for one thing: Bangladesh endures that many people in a landmass not much
bigger than Ohio!
- Dr. Alan Kuper, a man I admire and respect, illustrates
our accelerating dilemma with metaphors that make sense. He reports
from his web site: "In the days of sailing ships, sailors used to
leave goats on islands as they passed to ensure fresh meat on return trips.
It worked too well. The animals bred faster than the sailors could
eat them, and from the Channel Islands off California to the Seychelles
in the Indian Ocean , goats ate all the vegetation and starved. The
goats also screwed up the environment so that native species couldn't survive,
either," said John Wenzel, director the Ohio State University Museum
of Biological Diversity. "For example, the goats stripped away
the plants' low-growing leaves so that tortoises couldn't find enough to
- How Our "Earth Island" Functions
- Biologists explain the "lesson of the goats"
as it applies to humans and point out how our "island earth"
- "Two weeks ago, the Inter-governmental Panel on
Climate Change released its report blaming humans for increased temperatures,
melting glaciers and rising seas," Kuper reported. "Too
many people burn too many fossil fuels at 82 million barrels daily."
- That doesn't account for millions of tons of coal, natural
gas and wood being burned every day by 6.6 billion humans.
- "With global warming, we've been able to create
this problem in the first place because we've had virtually free energy
in the form of fossil fuels," said Ohio State University ecologist
- Kuper reported, "Climate change, Waite and others
say, is a sign that we are exceeding the number of people Earth can sustain.
Every year, at least 77 million humans are born in excess of those
who die. That's 1 billion people every 11 years. Some, however, argue
that we are adept at adapting, and point to increased agricultural production
and medical advances that fend off disease."
- Earth's carrying-capacity
- Right now, Earth's carrying-capacity is thought to be
somewhere in the range of four billion to five billion people. We
sport 6.6 billion today and grow by 240,000 every 24 hours. See www.populationmedia.org
for the population ticker.
- "In biology, the carrying capacity usually refers
to the number of animals a given area can support with adequate food, shelter
and territory or the space to reproduce," Kuper reported. "Duke
University ecologist Stuart Pimm said half of the world's population has
little access to medicine, electricity, safe water and reliable food supplies."
- "When you get to the nitty-gritty of the term, some
animals are more equal than others. Some countries are a lot more
equal than others," Pimm said. "You might have 50 billion,
but the quality of life might not be terribly pleasing. Rabbits are
the same way. The key word is support."
- Ecologist Paul Ehrlich; U.S. Carrying-Capacity
- "The United States possesses resources to sustain
less than half of its current population of 300 million, according to ecologist
Paul Ehrlich, who first called attention to potential population problems
in 1968 with his book, "The Population Bomb." Kuper reported,
"Waite and other ecologists increasingly think of the idea of carrying-capacity
in terms of an ecological "footprint," the amount of land on
Earth that it takes to support a group of people."
- Americans, who make up five percent of the world's population,
use 25 percent of its resources and cast a large footprint.
- "Ohio's footprint is like 11 times the state of
Ohio," Waite said. "The average American's footprint is
about 22 acres. By far, the largest component is energy. In
contrast, the average citizen of India has a footprint one-sixteenth that
- U.S. Consumption & Usage Rates Very High
- Kuper reported, "If all 6 billion people were to
share the world's resources equally, Americans would have to reduce consumption
by 80 percent for each of us to have a footprint of about 4.4 acres."
- "Waite rides a bicycle most days. However,
Waite's footprint grows when he arrives on campus or has to rent a car
to attend a meeting out of town," Kuper reported.
- Carrying capacity and footprint are tied to the global
- "The moment I show up at work, I suddenly violate
the fair Earth share and I become unsustainable. Carrying capacity and
footprint are tied to the global economy, which has quadrupled since the
world's population doubled," said Waite.
- "That leads to a fear that slowing population growth
might not ultimately curb greenhouse gas production if more people achieve
Western lifestyles," said Barry Rabe, a University of Michigan political
scientist who studies environmental issues. "India and China are developing
rapidly and have already affected climate change. China is opening
an average of one coal-fired power plant a week to meet electricity demand.
The power plants emit carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas."
- Mimic the U.S.; Attitude Shift in China is Worldwide
- "Everyone in China wants two things: their own apartment
and their own car," Pimm said. "That change is going to have
a massive effect on the planet."
- Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute
, said the sustainability question is a loaded one, "People ask me
how many people the Earth can sustain. I usually respond that it
depends on whether you want to live like an Indian or an American."
- "For example, farmers worldwide grow about two billion
tons of grain every year. Each American consumes an average of 1,760
pounds annually, mainly because of the grains used to feed farm animals.
If everyone on the planet consumed that much grain," Brown said.
"Earth would support about 2.5 billion people. But in
India, people consume about 440 pounds each. If everyone else in
the world did likewise, the world's grain would support about 10 billion
- Population, water and food lock horns. Growing
one ton of grain requires 1,000 tons of water. Water shortages already
occur in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As water flows from agriculture
to support growing urban populations, more grain must be imported.
- Zero-Sum Game; Alternative Energy Equation
- "Alternative energy, touted as a possible solution
to burning fossil fuels that generate greenhouse gases, also adds a factor
to the food equation," Kuper reported. "Soybeans are increasingly
in demand for biodiesel. And ethanol production now vies with food
for corn. Brown estimates that by 2008, half of the U.S. corn crop
will go to ethanol." Shifting corn to fuel production reduces
the U.S. export of food to other nations.
- "Seventy percent of all corn imports in the world
come from the U.S., so what happens to U.S. corn crops affects a lot of
countries," Brown said.
- Waite said this competition for energy and food will
change the landscape, "If we were to replace our reliance on fossil
fuels and instead grow fuel plants that would require setting aside lots
of land to produce ethanol. We don't have enough land worldwide to
meet those demands. Demand for food, fuel and materials already consumes
more trees and crops than are being grown worldwide."
- Bank Account Analogy
- Waite compares the issue to a bank account. "Humans
are already drawing on capital rather than interest, and once that is exhausted,
they will find Mother Nature reluctant to make a loan."
- For more information concerning our future, contact Dr.
Alan Kuper at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
. As you surmise through this series on the next added 100 million
Americans, we're crafting a mighty deep chasm for our children. Check
for a greater understanding of what we face.
- As you can see from the first part of this series, I
showed you what I've seen in the USA via my travels as well as my observations
throughout my journeys around the world. In latter portions of this
series, you're hearing from the experts to verify what I have seen. We
must connect the dots, take action and prevent a horrible overpopulation
future for our children by taking action today.
- The U.S. must stand tall, and implement a sensible population
strategic plan. It make no sense to continue the rampant "more growth"
- "We can bring about population stabilization gracefully,
or nature will do it brutally."
- -- Henry Kendell
What you can do for a better future for your country:
A republican form of government is not a spectator sport.
It means you must jump in, roll up you sleeves and take personal and collective
action. Of course, you could let a dictator take over and do everything
for you, but that path would give you Cuba, China, North Korea and other
To stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from giving an amnesty,
CALL Nancy Pelosi: Washington, DC - (202) 225-4965
San Francisco, CA - (415) 556-4862 ; Email Nancy Pelosi
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Email form for Nancy Pelosi;
Senator Harry Reid: 202 224 3121 in Washington DC
775 686 5750 in Reno, NV;
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard for live listener: 202 456 1414
We must 'sour the milk.' Bring out your points in the call:
1. America cannot support another 100 million people added
to our country in 34 years, i.e., water crisis, resource depletion,
air pollution, gridlock, loss of quality of life, etc.
2. America cannot support lawbreakers being given citizenship.
3. America must maintain our English language.
4. America wants only legal immigrants who play by the
rules and speak English.
5. America's working poor deserve a chance at jobs taken
6. America already has too many people and I support a
10 year moratorium on all immigration.
7. Americans must maintain our schools for our children.
8. We can no longer tolerate 350,000 birthright citizens
(anchor babies) annually that subtract from our own citizens.
9. Attrition through enforcement by stopping their ability
to wire money home, obtain rental housing and jobs.
10. An amnesty failed in 1986, and it will only be worse
today. We're being displaced out of our jobs and out of our own country. Call with relentless and
To reduce illegal aliens in your community, you may follow
the course of action by Mayor Louis Barletta of Hazelton, PA. He offers
a bomb proof ordinance that takes business licenses away from those who
hire illegals. He legally halts landlords from renting to illegals. Without
work and without housing, illegals cannot stay in your community. Check
out his website for instructions: www.SmallTownDefenders.com/public/node/6
Visit D.A. King at the www.thedustininmansociety.org to
see how Georgia created the best laws to stop illegals at the state level.
Please check out William Gheen at www.alipac.us. He's a
mover and shaker. He will direct you to specific actions that make you more
powerful and effective.
To stop this invasion locally and nationally: join www.numbersusa.com
for free and you can join www.fairus.org and www.thesocialcontract.com
Wooldridge presents a 45 minute program to colleges, high
schools, civic clubs, church groups and political clubs across America titled:
"COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT."
Go to his website for further information on booking the program. www.frostywooldridge.com
Check out www.populationmedia.org for an exciting method
for creating overpopulation awareness in Third World countries. Their prime
directive works with the media in order to educate and activate leaders
and women worldwide.
Whether we like it or not, global warming is upon us. We
can take action to correct it. Please join www.stopglobalwarming.org for
up to the minute information and action items.
Awareness Campaign web site, www.mcs-global.org, which
is purely to help save and protect human health and environmental health
globally. Diana Buckland is founder and global coordinator at email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Diana makes impact all over the world by alerting
everyone about chemical sensitivities caused by poisons sprayed, injected
and applied to our crops and elsewhere.
From Part 5 of this series, "Destroying our oceans",
if you would like to become involved please refer to <http://www.savetheoceans.org/>www.savetheoceans.org
for a first rate lesson on how to take action in order to cleanse our oceans,
restock our fish population, move toward recycling and cleanup of our world's
most important living resource. Watch shows on PBS that expose where we
threw two million tires into the waters off the East Coast and all the damage
those tires are doing to marine life. You'll find out what you can do to
have them raised from the deep. Additionally, check out www.greenpeace.org
for actions at the national and international levels.
www.21stCenturyPaulRevereRide.us ; www.numbersusa.com ;
www.carryingcapacity.org ; www.balance.org ; www.thesocialcontract.com
www.alipac.us at 1 866 329 3999; www.theamericanresistance.com
; www.ccir.net ; www.theByteShow.com ; www.projectusa.org ; www.borderguardians.org
; www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; www.mothersagainstillegalaliens.org ;
www.unitedpatriotsofamerica.com ; www.unitedstates.fm ; www.worldfreedomtour.info
; My book: "IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES"
Call: 1 888 280 7715. http://www.TiANews.com www.victimsofillegalaliens.org
; www.pacinlaw.org; http://USABorderAlert.com/http://SanDiegoBorderAlert.com
; for motorcyclists:
www.americanfreedomriders.com and www.immigrationbuzz.com
www.mcs-global.org ; On April 1, 2007, the Paul Revere
Riders will again ride to stop the illegal invasion and accompany Arizona
long haul truckers and motorcyclists in a freedom border ride to block illegal
aliens from crossing our borders. We invite all veterans, truckers and bikers
to join us. Contact Rusty Childress at www.immigrationbuzz.com and www.americanfreedomriders.com
for further information. Please write with your ideas on what to name the
Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world,
cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles,
on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30
years. He presents a program to colleges, conferences, high schools and
civic clubs around the country: "THE COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA:
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT". His published books include: "HANDBOOK
FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS" ; "STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE"
; "IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" ; "MOTORCYCLE
ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND-A TEEN NOVEL" ; "BICYCLING
AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION" ; "AN EXTREME
ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA". His next book: "TILTING THE STATUE OF
LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP". He lives in Denver, Colorado. email@example.com