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World population to reach 10 billion in 90 years

The United Nations again raised its world population projections within 90 years to reach 10.1 billion human beings on this already ecologically devastated planet.  Humans add 10,000 babies net gain per hour, 240,000 per day and 80 million annually.  Our species adds another 1.1 billion every 13 years.
 
All the while, we wreak havoc with all the other creatures on this planet as we destroy or encroach upon their habitat.  Humans drive the “6th Extinction Session” at an astounding rate of 80 to 100 species every 24 hours. (Source: Norman Meyers, Oxford University, UK)
 
Every environmental calamity facing humanity in the 21st century stems from human overpopulation.  A litany includes species extinction, polluted biosphere, toxified oceans, climate destabilization, melting polar caps, melting glaciers, dead zones, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, oil spills, 80,000 chemicals injected into the land, water and air 24/7, relentless litter, tree-cutting, advancing desertification, 18 million human starvation deaths annually and quality of life swirling the drain.  On the political front, wars for water, oil and resources escalate.
 
Yet, not one world leader speaks about it. Not one U.S. leader stands up. Not one U.S. paper will address it.  No one will mention the last taboo of the 21st century: human overpopulation.
 
Nonetheless, whether humans avoid, evade or ignore the population issue—Mother Nature continues building her defenses against the human mob.  The Four Horsemen gallop toward humanity at ever increasing rates of speed.
 
“A new UN report predicts that the world’s population will surge past 10.1 billion by the end of the century, a forecast that would shatter earlier estimates that the number would stabilize at about 9 billion by mid-century,” said a UN spokesperson. “Much of the population growth will occur in so-called “high fertility” countries — in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America.
 
“In Africa, where growth already threatens to overwhelm over-stretched food and water resources, the population could more than triple, from about 1 billion today to more than 3.6 billion. World population is expected to pass 7 billion later this year. The report projects that there will be 9.3 billion people by mid-century, which is 156 million more than the group predicted in a 2008 report.”
 
Can anyone get a handle on Africa growing from its current 1.0 billion to a mind-numbing 3.6 billion within 90 years?  How about the USA adding another 100 million, then 200 million after that?    How about Mexico adding 40 million on its desert plateau with no water or arable land?  What about China adding another 200 million to reach 1.5 billion while India adds 11 million annually to reach 1.6 billion in 40 years?
 
Having seen the results in my worldwide bicycle travels over the past 40 years, I am dumbfounded that the United States thinks it’s immune to what’s coming.  I am further dismayed that we think we will somehow use our “Yankee ingenuity” to solve our problem without gasoline to run those tractors to plant and harvest those crops on less and less arable land.  Don’t get me started on the water scarcity aspect!  I am also astounded that America’s “ecological footprint” hits 19.4 acres for each new human addition. That means within 25 years as we add 100 million, we will destroy 1.94 billion acres of wilderness to support that many new human additions.
 
Does anyone think we will get away with this incredible human population charade?  Anyone ever hear of Easter Island?  Do we think we will magically find a way out of our predicament?   Has anyone ever seen the movie “Soylent Green” with Edward G. Robinson and Charlton Heston?   Will that be our food source?  Lots of luck with that idea folks!
 
A BETTER WAY BY USING OUR MINDS
 
We do not have to become victims of our own fecundity!  Unlike animals that reproduce beyond their carrying capacity and ultimately collapse their numbers through starvation—we can choose to gracefully move toward human population stability.  It’s called birth control and family planning. 
 
We must urge our world leaders around the globe to address human overpopulation before we become victims.  Plenty of national leaders may lead the discussion:  Dr. Albert Bartlett, Dr. John Tanton, Dr. Jack Alpert, Dr. Diana Hull, Governor Richard D. Lamm, Lester Brown, Kathleene Parker, Bromwell Ault, William Ryerson, David Paxson, Dr. George Colburn, Richard Heinberg, Amanda Zackem, Aldolfo Doring, Sally Espstein, Don Collins, Chris Clugston, Dell Erickson, Dr. Otis Graham, Dr. Steve Camarata and many more offer the finest solutions for humanity in the 21st century. We must engage them.
 
Plan B 4.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester Brown is a start. www.earth-policy.org
Dr. Albert Bartlett www.albartlett.org
William Ryerson www.populationmedia.org
Richard Heinberg www.postcarbon.org
Dr. Jack Alpert www.skil.org
Chris Clugston www.wakeupamerika.com
 
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