constantly amazes logical thinkers that anyone can cling to an outmoded
paradigm in the 21st century.
However, it occurred in 1600 with the Pope clinging to “the sun revolves
around the Earth.” Before that, “the
world is flat.” Ancient beliefs die
hard with tribes and their members.
the early years of the 21st century, humanity faces its greatest
challenge in that has become too clever, too successful, too wasteful and too
polluting of its own home—planet earth.
I poisons it daily, it cuts down the trees, it pollutes the air, water
and land with 72,000 chemicals. It
overruns the capacity of the planet to ‘cleanse’ itself from such an onslaught.
the human race ‘races’ toward adding another 2 to 3 billion in 40 years—as if
it can get away with it. It cannot!
want to blame ‘greedy industrialists’ or other entities, and “if we could stop
those bad guys”, we could create an Eden.
In the end, it gets down to carrying capacity, and either we live within
it and abide by it, or it will collapse around our ears. My friend Dave Ewolt at Energy Bulletin
brings it clearly to the forefront:
capacity is rather easy to define, and its calculation is rather
straightforward, although it does require at least partial differential
equations--although non-linear dynamics is better,” said Ewolt. “Carrying capacity is the balance point among
population, consumption, and waste assimilation. We know what the rates of
regeneration, replenishment, and recharge of ecosystems and their constituent
parts are. Those who believe in technology as savior would be a bit
disingenuous to then claim we're incapable of doing a bit of simple math.
“Systems science and basic ecology tells us that we must get down to
sustainability as quickly as possible. If we remain unsustainable, we will end
the human project. Is it really that important to first decide if it will occur
in ten years or in 50 years before we change course? The best study I've seen
on the planet's human carrying capacity--if true sustainability is the
goal--was published in a peer-reviewed study by the Royal Society. The final
number is about 2 billion, depending on the standard of living desired. If
typical American standards are used, it's about 1/4 of that.
“And there are no draconian population controls required. As demographers have
shown after Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb seeped into the public consciousness
in the early 1970s, it only took Europe and America three years to get birth
rates to fall below replenishment levels--quite voluntarily. There is a social
milieu required, though. The right of women to control reproductive choice,
honest education on family planning (not just abstinence), pre and post-natal
health care. We could choose to do this globally were we to change certain
foreign aid requirements. We could be well on our way to a sustainable global
population within about three generations as we simultaneously redirect our
energies from industrialism into ecological restoration.
“This is not an argument to return to a mythological Garden of Eden or any
other such nonsense as sometimes emerges from the deep ecologists. Technology
and sustainability can happily coexist. We must abide by carrying capacity, and
get waste, excess and greed out of the system--for starters.
“But your faith based argument requires a few definitions as well. For example,
define wealth and define prosperity. As John Kenneth Galbraith pointed out in
1958's The Affluent Society, humans don't tend to desire "more" once
basic needs have been met. For that to occur requires the worlds largest and
most active propaganda machine. It's unfortunate that in order to make it to
the position of department chair, one must become both spokesman and mechanic
for that machine.”
can hardly argue with such simple, yet dynamic logic. We engage with reason or we suffer
consequences. Thanks Dave!
a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video,
“Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls
”, Roy Beck, director
illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
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
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
the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation,
energy, immigration and much more.
see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
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