- After years of scientific study, six continents of world
travel, having lived in Antarctica while working with the world's top scientists-I
find it unsettling, if not disturbing that individuals reading Freedom's
Phoenix and countless millions of Americans cannot grasp the overpopulation
equation facing America. They pursue their daily tasks without understanding
the ramifications of this civilization adding another 100 million people
in 25 years, and doubling to 600 million people within 60 to 70 years.
- The Main Stream Press and top political figures ignore,
evade, avoid and suppress any conversation of overpopulation implications.
- All of them wallow in their mythology that Norman Borlaug,
the man who created greater crop yields, disproved Thomas Malthus' work.
Note: Borlaug only delayed the inevitable mass starvation with even greater
numbers of victims. They also discount the eminent Paul Ehrlich author
ofThe Population Bomb. I met him last weekend in Washington, DC. He's
brilliant, articulate and said, "All causes are lost causes without
limiting human population." Again, while his timing proved off, his
science remains impeccable. In fact, his predictions of 180 million starvation
deaths since 1965 turned out to be 300 million. Each year 18 million humans
die of starvation or related diseases-do the math!
- As the world population adds 10,000 babies net gain per
hour, 240,000 per day and 80 million annually, we race inextricably toward
planetary disaster on multiple levels. Why? This planet cannot support
nor sustain its current human numbers. Our environment breaks down all
over the globe. I can name countless growing symptoms of the breakdown:
species extinction of over 80-100 creatures daily (Source: Norman Meyers,
UK); toxic rain and rivers acidifying the oceans, 100 million sharks being
killed by humans annually (Source: OnEarth Magazine, Julia Whitty), drift
netting, fisheries collapsing, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean dead
zones, polar caps melting, ozone destruction, 80,000 human chemicals wreaking
havoc with nature, top soil erosion, toxified soils, vanishing lakes, ad
- But then you hear writers or what Colorado University's
Dr. Albert Bartlett calls 'innumerates', (intellectually credentialed persons
that remain mathematically illiterate), tell us that the whole human race
can live in the State of Texas. They fail to understand 'exponential growth'
on a finite planet cannot continue. That fact they avoid, evade, ignore
and slither away from when confronted. I find it amusing at the most and
depressing that such 'Pope-like" paradigms still exist.
- As 21st century Galileo's, men like Bartlett, Ehrlich,
Catton (author of Overshoot), Tainter (author of Why Complex Societies
Collapse), Diamond, Heinberg (author of Peak Everything; facing a century
of declines), Lader (author of Breeding Ourselves to Death), and dozens
of others-find themselves battling people that do not know what they talk
about-just like the Pope with Galileo. It's like trying to talk reason
- One look around you or a week of listening to the news
illustrates our accelerating predicaments.
- "We must alert and organize the world's people to
pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes
of our environmental crises - exploding population growth and wasteful
consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation
underlie every environmental problem we face today." Jacques-Yves
- It's not only probable, but real that Cousteau knows
a lot more about overpopulation than 'backward dude'. Or, the cartoon
'Malthus man'! Somehow, they pretend they possess a case. They don't!
- Today, the USA loses 250 creatures to extinction annually
because of loss of habitat. One new American causes 12.6 acres to be
destroyed to support him/her called 'ecological footprint'. If we add
another 100 million, that equals 1.26 billion acres of wilderness to concrete
and asphalt. Creature extinction rates must rise from that equation.
Our cities suffer gridlock and toxic air beyond comprehension. Quality
of life sinks into the toilet. We import 7 out of 10 barrels of oil. What
happens when Peak Oil gets serious in the coming years? Food? How do you
grow it when states like California add 1,700 people daily and 400 cars
24/7? (Source:www.capsweb.org) Genetically modified food, whether animal
or plant, constitutes another aspect of overpopulation, i.e., it signifies
overshoot of food supplies.
- Yet, my detractors tell you that it's all one big misunderstanding.
The whole human race can live in Texas with an acre to grow gardens.
- "The ship is already starting to spin out of control.
We may soon lose all chance of grabbing the wheel. Humanity faces a genuinely
new situation. It is not an environmental crisis in the accepted sense.
It is a crisis for the entire life-support system for our civilization
and our species." Fred Pearce, The Last Generation: How Nature Will
take Her Revenge for Climate Change
- Yet, the 'innumerates' persist just as the Pope persisted
with Galileo. I don't find it amusing that so many follow the stupidity
of the Pope in the 21st century. He remains one of the advocates
for unlimited population growth. No matter how much misery it creates,
he promotes it. (Source: Lawrence Harrison , Underdevelopment is a State
of Mind) In every country where the Pope dominates, human misery proliferates
with birthrates. Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, San Salvador and elsewhere.
- Can 'thinkers' and scientists outlast the 'innumerates'?
Can smarter, more rational minds lead us away from population growth to
a stabilized and sustainable future in the USA and around the world? I
hope so! Because if not, Mother Nature's methods of birth control and
family planning exceed anything you can imagine: brutal!
- "As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we
have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this
century, will the "civil" part of civilization survive? As we
both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the
amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected
by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a
Faustian bargain-selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the
moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid." Walter Youngquist
- As Thomas Jefferson once said, "We have the wolf
by the ears and we can neither hold him or let him go." I suggest
we take destiny into our hands by taking action in the logical direction
by moving our civilization toward a stable population.
- Roy Beck's 2010 update to his Immigration Gumballs video
-- "Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs" -- reached
100,000 views in two days. It's headed for 10 million. This five minute
video educates and it ROCKS!
- If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color
might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years
as to the population/immigration equation-our children will find themselves
living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be
described by the history books as a 'fleeting fantasy' from the era of
1950 to 2010.
- Take collective action at www.numbersusa.com with
over 1.0 million members that fax pre-written letters to congressional
reps. Quick, easy, highly effective. Watch the movie "Immigration
by the Numbers" for a complete understanding of what our civilization
faces. Download off the site. Bi-partisan, free and efficient.