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What does the term human overpopulation mean exactly?

By Frosty Wooldridge
We might hear the “overpopulation” word bantered around a lot, but what does it mean?  Who defines it?  Can we identify the long term consequences?
Simply put: it means any given species cannot exceed the carrying capacity of the land it inhabits.  For example:  if you possess an acre of land with one watering hole that’s two feet in diameter, the land has a carrying capacity of two horses that can enjoy all the grass they can eat, water they can drink and the rains would wash away the waste to fertilize the soil to grow more grass.  It’s all in balance.
Once you add 100 horses to the acre of land, the horses will over-eat the land, deplete the water supply and create more waste than can be mitigated.  Those horses will kill the food source, overwhelm the watering hole, start fighting for grass and eventually and most if not all will die from starvation.
The same principles apply to humans.  Whereas the United States enjoy a greater carrying capacity because of water and climate, Australia with the same land mass, features 96 percent desert. Therefore, a much smaller carrying capacity.
"Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained; you cannot sustain growth in the rates of consumption of resources. No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass." This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable. Dr. Albert Bartlett, , University of Colorado, USA.
In this continuing series, Dr. Jack Alpert, Stanford University, brings it down to simple terms. He explains what we face in his seven minute video: Rapid Population Decline,
“The important part of what Clugston says is that on the road to exhaustion of resources our kids won't have these resources to support their lives,” said Alpert. “However, few of today's decision makers (parents) can visualize the difference between the child's future experience and their present experience.
“Parents don't realize that their personal experience of life is dependent on the delivery of NNR's. Parents can't visualize what their life would be like without these supporting NNR's. For example, no car, no heat, no electric lights, no running water, no communications, no computer, no grocery store, no hardware store, no general store, no books, and no medicine. So parents don't realize what kind of bad times are in store for their kids. In one sentence, our progeny will experience lots of scarcity and fighting over the remnants of what parents thought was their kid's birth right. 
“Most of the world's kids or grand kids will die from starvation or in conflict. Those that don't die will be responsible for large numbers of deaths. Each child will murder (at first through market activity) a large number of people. They will also have to murder to get or keep their paltry lot. If they are not successful they will be murdered. I don't think I have to repeat this statement but I will, "Every child born from here on in the human experiment will be either a murderer or murdered." If we cannot communicate this simple truth the human experiment has a very unpleasant future.
“Let me remind you that everyone reading this letter (to a smaller extent than those on the down slope of exhausting NNR) are already murderers through their market purchases.
“So it is not important that we agree with Chris, about what to call our predicament or which process will drive the first round of the ugly future, it is important that we marshal Chris's data so it implies to the reader/listener what their kids and grandkids are going to experience. If Chris's data does not produce a wince when it is laid before a parent, we have not done anything useful.
“Some very small number of people, (much less than 100 million) can live on the earth using renewable resources in a sustainable and peaceful way. That number is slightly bigger if everyone hoes and grow potatoes, and slightly smaller if we have higher technology than hoes.
“I don't think historical precedent, the number of hunter and gatherers in North America 3,000 years has much meaning for the future. I am not planning to produce a significantly deflated version of my life for my kid's kids. Just a lot fewer kids that will enjoy my lifestyle or better. 
“ Whatever that number is, how we approach it will determine how the next generations will live. 
“If we fight resource wars we will end up with a different future than if we produce rapid population declines with almost no births and we stop all medical treatment (other than aspirin or morphine) for people over the age of 50. 
“We will have a different future if the sustainable population is broadly distributed or optimally located on the surface of the earth.  We will have a different future if we can get the population down to living based on renewable resources and still have some NNR's left in a reservoir to use on special occasions.
“We will have a different future if we can move the stockpiles of existing NNR to these optimal locations and then learn to recycle them instead of just using them one pass and then have to mine more. If you have to mine anything you are going to have a hard time remaining sustainable.
“And finally we will have a different future if Kurt's fictional character "dixon" has his way.   You all know that I think that a Dixon type weapon is already prepared and in the warehouses of  major nations, industrial giants, and rich individuals and will be used in  a round of resources wars or just a way of guiding humankind through this narrows.”
You may reach Dr. Jack Alpert at
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!”
This is the best website to start: ; 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 for the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation, energy, immigration and much more.
Canada ; in Australia; in Great Britain ; and dozens of other sites accessed at   In Florida, .
Must see DVD: "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!
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
Must see and funny: ;
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in 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 ;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:
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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 He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715

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