Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
Part 1: The more extreme our numbers, the more extreme our consequences
Human overpopulation will prove to be the greatest issue facing America and humanity in the 21st country. Period! No argument! No contest! No question! Even a debate won’t change that reality. Mother Nature and Darwin don’t care whether you like it or not, believe it or not, or understand it or not. Nature doesn’t care whether you believe in God, are an atheist, agnostic, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu. You can cry a river of righteousness and indignation, but Darwin and Malthus will prove smarter and more brutal than the Bible or Koran.
This fact will become self-evident as the human race accelerates toward another 1 billion every 12 years as it heads toward 10 billion by mid century—give or take a few decades. It will prove self-evident in America as we add another 100 million by 2035, another 200 million by 2065 and another 300 million by 2090 if not sooner—ultimately on our way to 1 billion Americans. Nothing we do will mitigate or save us from the consequences as long as we keep adding human numbers.
The consequences will manifest in water shortages, energy depletion, resource scarcities, lack of enough food, severely lowered quality of life, massive species extinction, lowered standard of living, growing destruction of our oceans, horrendous climate destabilization, crowding, toxic air, toxic water and other problems that will be described in this series.
That’s a point blank fact that cannot be refuted by religious people, by politicians or the common citizen on the street. This thing is coming and it’s coming faster than anyone realizes. We could change our fate, but history clearly shows that humans would rather wage war than peace; humans would rather starve in greater numbers rather than engage in birth control and they would rather do nothing until they suffer horrendous consequences. Ask the Pope! Ask Islam! Ask the 18 million humans that starve to death annually around the world including 10 million children. (Source: World Health Organization)
Whether the United States suffers what already manifests in India, Mexico, China and Bangladesh—is simply a matter of time.
I work with some of the finest minds in the 21st century such as Dr. Albert Bartlett, Dr. John Tanton, Dr. Wayne Ludden, Dr. Jack Alpert, Dr. Diana Hull, Tim Murray, Dr. Dave Pimentel, Dr. Joseph Tainter, Governor Richard D. Lamm, Dr. William Catton, William Ryerson, Kathleene Parker, Jared Diamond, Chris Clugston, Madeline Weld, Mark O’Connor, Jenny Goldie, Dave Paxon and many more. Their science cannot be ignored or refuted.
First of all, I am not a Marxist, racist, religious zealot or any other name that has been hurled at me. I am a realist, an observer and traveler. I’ve seen what’s coming. I am a 21st century Galileo. Whether you arrest me, lock me up or despise me as the pope despised Galileo in 1600, it won’t do you any good. My work will be as self-evident as Galileo’s. No if’s, and’s or but’s.
The human race has and is overrunning and exhausting the planet’s ability to feed humanity. It’s destroying the support systems that allow all life to exist. It’s crushing other species with horrendous extinction rates. It’s degrading the land, air and water beyond viability.
Let’s examine what we’re facing:
Because of the slave of oil for the past 100 years, we have artificially grown our population from 1.5 billion to 7 billion. But guess what? Oil has reached peak and it will diminish steadily until it runs out within 50 years at the rates we suck it out of the ground—presently 84 million oils 24/7. And oil is what keeps this game running. There is nothing on the horizon that will replace the energy talent of oil. In other words, technology will not save us.
"The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime....so I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves move toward depletion, we will be left with an enormous population...that the ecology of the earth will not support. The journey back toward non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hyper growth was simply a side-effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it." James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency
“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we must 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, energy
From those two quotes, you can see that we have backed, painted and driven ourselves into a corner. We have created a Faustian Bargain with Hobson’s Choice as our only way out. What’s Hobson’s Choice? When you fail to solve your problem, Mother Nature will solve if for you, i.e., you will be forced to go through two doors. Door # 1 will allow you to step over a cliff without a parachute. Door # 2 will allow you to step into quicksand without a lifeguard on duty. Either way, you’re finished.
I predict that human die-off rates will significantly grow from the current 18 million rate annually—probably doubling or tripling by mid century.
What can we do? What might possibly save us?
1. We need a national American stabilized population policy.
2. We need to encourage two children or less per female.
3. We need to call a moratorium on all immigration into America.
4. We need to offer International Family Planning services around the world to give other countries at least a choice to bring their numbers to stability.
5. We desperately need to conserve what oil we have left by engaging electric transportation, wind and solar.
6. We need to drive this issue to the very top of the main stream media and make it the most talked about issue in America so that we can begin to take action to save our civilization.
Part 2: Species extinction and habitat
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a word “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
This is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.org ; watch Roy Beck’s “Immigration by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and very effective. Become a faxer of pre-written letters to your reps to make positive change.
Visit www.TheSocialContract.com for the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation, energy, immigration and much more.
Canada www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; in Australia www.population.org.au andPublicPopForum@yahoogroups.com; in Great Britain www.populationmatters.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com. In Florida, www.flimen.org .
Must see DVD: "Blind Spot" www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_spot/ , This movie illustrates America's future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It's a brilliant educational movie! www.blindspotdoc.com
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
Must see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS; presents Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at www.growthbusters.org ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's Americaproject on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURNwww.tomorrowsamerica.com
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715