wake of Brazil’s horrific flooding, Australia’s monsoon plight and California’s
houses falling into swollen rivers, let’s make it clear that nobody ever dies from
overpopulation. Let’s call into question
accelerating ‘climate destabilization’ on a global scale.
assume and accept that burning 84 million barrels of oil every single day of
the year must not be causing any change in the biosphere—forget about ‘carbon
footprint’! It’s sheer balderdash! Acidified oceans via carbon overload, www.350.org
. Not happening!
Anywhere from 80 to 100 species suffering extinction
24/7 around the globe because of human encroachment! Can’t be happening!
stunning piece of thinking and writing 40 years ago, the late Garrett Hardin wrote a piece
about our accelerating predicament, “Nobody
Ever Dies of Overpopulation.”
of us who are deeply concerned about population and the environment —
"econuts," we're called, — are accused of seeing herbicides in trees,
pollution in running brooks, radiation in rocks, and overpopulation everywhere,”
said Hardin. “There is merit in the
was in Calcutta when the cyclone struck East Bengal in November 1970. Early
dispatches spoke of 15,000 dead, but the estimates rapidly escalated to
2,000,000 and then dropped back to 500,000. A nice round number: it will do as
well as any, for we will never know. The nameless ones who died,
"unimportant" people far beyond the fringes of the social power
structure, left no trace of their existence. Pakistani parents repaired the
population loss in just 40 days, and the world turned its attention to other
killed those unfortunate people? The cyclone, newspapers said. But one can just
as logically say that overpopulation killed them. The Gangetic Delta is barely
above sea level. Every year several thousand people are killed in quite
ordinary storms. If Pakistan were not overcrowded, no sane man would bring his
family to such a place. Ecologically speaking, a delta belongs to the river and
the sea; man obtrudes there at his peril.
the web of life every event has many antecedents. Only by an arbitrary decision
can we designate a single antecedent as "cause." Our choice is biased
— biased to protect our egos against the onslaught of unwelcome truths. As T.S.
Eliot put it in Burnt Norton:
go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
we to identify overpopulation as the cause of a half-million deaths, we would
threaten ourselves with a question to which we do not know the answer: How
can we control population without recourse to repugnant measures? Fearfully
we close our minds to an inventory of possibilities. Instead, we say that a
cyclone caused the deaths, thus relieving ourselves of responsibility for this
and future catastrophes. "Fate" is so comforting.
year we list tuberculosis, leprosy, enteric diseases, or animal parasites as
the "cause of death" of millions of people. It is well known that
malnutrition is an important antecedent of death in all these categories; and
that malnutrition is connected with overpopulation. But overpopulation is not
called the cause of death. We cannot bear the thought.
are dying now of respiratory diseases in Tokyo, Birmingham, and Gary, because
of the "need" for more industry. The "need" for more food
justifies over-fertilization of the land, leading to eutrophication of the
waters, and lessened fish production — which leads to more "need" for
will we say when the power shuts down some fine summer on our eastern seaboard
and several thousand people die of heat prostration? Will we blame the weather?
Or the power companies for not building enough generators? Or the eco-nuts for
insisting on pollution controls?
thing is certain: we won't blame the deaths on overpopulation. No one ever dies
of overpopulation. It is unthinkable.”
late Garrett Hardin wrote that piece over 40 years ago. Today, we see our predicament growing by
adding 1 billion humans every 13 years to this finite planet. Yet, you will see most countries and all
American leaders push for human growth, expansion and development. You will hear about ‘smart growth’; ‘slow
growth’; ‘managed growth’ and ‘sustainable development’.
will not hear anything about ‘stabilizing human population’ in order to live
within the carrying capacity of this planet.
Why? Because no one ever dies from overpopulation! It’s unheard of, unthinkable and totally
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
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.
These are several of the top organizations where you can
take collective action to change the course of American history as well as in
Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Take collective action at:
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.
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by
Dr. Jack Alpert-
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester
Brown and panel discussion:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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.
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