Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
Human beings fail to understand their Faustian Bargain with the future that leads to a Hobson’s Choice.
“For a variety of reasons, humans usually don’t react to problems until they become crises. All these crises are semi-connected, where one will trigger one or more of the others. However, there are two crises marching toward us now, shoulder-to-shoulder, that will trigger every other, both large and small. At best, they will end our industrial civilization. At worst, they may depopulate most of our species. These two comrades-in-arms, overpopulation and peak oil, are of such complex magnitude, no amount of financial or scientific commitment may stop them. They are creating the perfect storm of which there may be no survival. Crunch the numbers when dealing with natural resources and population and how they went hand-in-hand in getting us into this mess and it is plain to see that unless we de-populate by 70-90% within the next 40-50 years, we are toast. Anyone thinking otherwise is delusional. And since there is no way in heaven or hell that we will do anything about it, the curtain is falling on the stage of humanity. The play had a good run but like all good shows, it is coming to an end.” Jim Lydecker
While the United States races toward an added 100 million people within 24 years, the world human population adds another 1.0 billion every 13 years. Therefore, as Americans add an astounding 100 million, the planet’s human population will add 2.0 billion in 26 years. Canada sets its sights on adding 10 million and Australia is set to add another 15 million. The United Kingdom, not to be left behind, expects to add 11 million to its already enormous population load on a tiny island of 62 million. It will be interesting as to how any of these countries will be able to feed, water and warm themselves as Peak Oil gets serious with the human race.
For clarity, that means humanity will add 80 million net gain in 2011 on its way to 10.2 billion by mid century.
But let’s examine further as to what that means:
· An average of 57 million people die annually around the world.
· Humans not only replace that 57 million with 57 million new babies, they add another 80 million beyond that to create 137 million new babies.
· Since it remains virtually impossible to educate that many people, as that cycle of people will thrust the human race to a mind bending 10.2 billion within 40 years according to U.N. projections.
· Every single environmental crisis stems from human overpopulation, but world leaders refuse to address it, as if it will vanish on its own.
· Instead, it grows more ominous on its own as oceans acidify, species suffer extinction, the biosphere grows ever more polluted and humanity places all of creation on the chopping blocks.
· 18 million humans starve to death or die of starvation related diseases annually according to the World Health Organization.
· Can anyone imagine the starvation rates within 40 years as we hit 10.2 billion humans?
· Humans drive the Sixth Extinction Session by their encroachment on wilderness habitat.
"The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people, but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.” Harvard scholar and biologist E.O. Wilson
“The current world population of close to 7 billion is projected to reach 10.2 billion by mid-century,” said the United Nations population experts. “Much of this increase is projected to come from the high-fertility countries, which comprise 39 countries in Africa, nine in Asia, six in Oceania and four in Latin America."
Demographic expert Gary Peters said, “Our current reality remains: In 2011 the world's population will grow by another 80 million."
Yet, you won’t see any world leader blink. Not a frown! Not a second breath! In fact, you won’t hear anyone mention anything about the human population predicament.
Nonetheless, here in the United States, we will add a paltry 3.1 million on our way to adding 100 million by 2035.
The green revolution was instigated as a result of the efforts of Norman Borlaug, who, while accepting the Nobel peace prize in 1970, said: "The green revolution has won a temporary success in man's war against hunger and deprivation; it has given man a breathing space. If fully implemented, the revolution can provide sufficient food for sustenance during the next three decades. But the frightening power of human reproduction must also be curbed; otherwise the success of the green revolution will be ephemeral only."
The big question remains: why do Americans think they are immune to human population overload? What gives them a special dispensation out of the consequences? Why can’t they see their own dilemma?
As the Human Katrina advances upon America, it will begin to hurt more and more. As our numbers accelerate, our energy, water and resources decline.
Upwards of two hundred species.. mostly of the large, slow-breeding variety.. are becoming extinct here every day because more and more of the earth's carrying capacity is systematically being converted into human carrying capacity. These species are being burnt out, starved out, and squeezed out of existence.. thanks to technologies that most people, I'm afraid, think of as technologies of peace. I hope it will not be too long before the technologies that support our population explosion begin to be perceived as no less hazardous to the future of life on this planet than the endless production of radioactive wastes.” Daniel Quinn
At some point, we will pursue the question of population overload in the United States, but will we ask it after we have drowned ourselves or before? Will we slow our Titanic course or will we speed toward our certain destiny with demographic chaos.
It will be interesting for all of us, plant, animal and human animal.
Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases of population, locally, nationally, or globally.” Dr. Albert Bartlett www.albartlett.org
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