Part 15: Losing the wild
Before the Industrial Revolution, humanity existed by tilling the fields for crops, picking fruits and storing them in root cellars. Transportation included animals, ox carts, rivers and oceans. All limited and slow!
Diseases wiped out millions of people at the drop of a hat. Polio, cholera and Bubonic Plague ruled.
In 1900, the average American died by 49 years of age. Citizens kept warm by firewood and coal. As long as humans depended on solar flow, winds and currents, we remained sustainable within nature's carrying capacity.
The Industrial Revolution
However, in the late 1800s, steam power burst upon the scene. With it, steam driven ocean liners and trains afforded swift transport across oceans and continents. With the advent of the internal combustion engine, the tractor and car made their appearance.
Whereas one farmer might feed 20 people with his labors, a tractor allowed one farmer the ability to feed 10,000 humans. Food canning guaranteed sustenance throughout the year.
With the advent of electricity, everything changed in America. Coupled with production and the assembly line, consumption became the driving force of capitalism.
Those technologies allowed Americans to overwhelm the natural world. In 1900, we numbered 76 million in America. At the time, our scientists had created 100 different chemicals. Today, we surpass 72,000 chemicals with an added 1,000 created annually. All of them outside the bounds of nature! All of them deadly to life forms including us.
The 'Modern Age'
Today the United States, at 300 million people and headed for 400 million in 33 years, sucks the lifeblood out of nature at increasing and alarming rates of speed. If we examined the carnage and consumption of our voracious civilization, we might be appalled at the figures we exact on Mother Nature and our fellow creatures.
Each day, Americans slaughter 22 million chickens for consumption. We kill in excess of 105,000 cattle every 24 hours. We devour tens of millions of fish and other ocean life every day. We kill millions of pigs, horses, turkeys, deer, buffalo, ducks, geese, rabbits and other animals. We euthanize millions of cats, dogs and other domestic animals annually.
Consume, Consume, Consume
However, as fast we produce it, we devour it faster.
We burn 7.3 billion barrels of oil annually in the USA. We burn millions of metric tons of natural gas. We burned 1.17 billion of tons of coal to produce electricity in 2006.
The Sears Tower in Chicago uses more electricity in a single day than the entire city of Rockford, Illinois with 152,000 people. Humans consume 40 percent of the net primary production of energy on earth— the amount of solar energy converted to plant organic matter through photosynthesis— while we make up less than one percent of the animal biomass on this planet.
Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation of Economic Trends, has this important message for us,
"It's no accident that as we celebrate the urbanization of the world, we quickly approach another historic watershed: the disappearance of the wild. Rising population; growing consumption of food, water and building materials; expanding road and rail transport; and urban sprawl continue encroaching on the remaining wild, pushing it to extinction."
Within the lifetime of our children, vast areas of the wild we take for granted will vanish from our planet. The Trans-Amazon Highway cuts across the entire expanse of the Amazon rain forest, hastening its destruction. What is the result?
Biologist E.O. Wilson states that humans create the 'Sixth Extinction Session' whereby we lose, "50 to 150 species a day or between 18,000 and 55,000 species a year. By 2100, two-thirds of Earth's remaining species are likely to become extinct."
Big deal, you may shrug!
As we kill more and more basic plant and animal life, it creates a cascading effect whereby all creatures depend on all other creatures in the web of life. As you kill off more and more species, a cascade of extinction destroys environmental equilibrium. Given enough time, we shall kill off the grizzly, hummingbird, bald eagle, moose, giraffe, lion, elephant, cheetah, trout, bass, dragonfly and millions more of God's creatures.
According to Environmental Magazine, Americans use from 10 to 30 times more resources than Third World people. Thus, our 300 million equates to at least 3.0 billion people using resources.
Thus, the next 100 million Americans means an equivalent 1.0 billion using resources. With that 100 million added Americans in 33 years, you're slowly connecting the dots provided by this series. Your mind sobers to the accelerating realities we face. Can you imagine adding 1,000 cities in the world with 1,000,000 residents each in the next 35 years? Name one good reason for that.
Makes your head hurt doesn't it?
Lessons for Us; Other Nations are Suffering
Since I've already seen this nightmare in India and China, I know what's coming. Rifkin said, "In the great era of urbanization, we have shut off the human race from the rest of the natural world in the belief that we could conquer, colonize and utilize the riches of the planet to ensure our autonomy without dire consequences to us and future generations."
Sorry, we can't get away much longer with what we're doing to this planet.
As I've said before and I repeat today, we stand, like a proud whitetail buck, in the crosshairs of the most deadly moment of our country since the Civil War.
If S.B. 2611 passes, that next added 100 million people becomes our children's "Human Katrina." If we fail to stop this reckless Senate from passing that landmark immigration package, it will shift into overdrive the greatest percentage-wise importation of humanity ever experienced in the history of the world.
ü It will assure an added three to four million people added to our country every year.
ü It will not stop illegal immigration; it will explode it.
ü It will not reduce legal immigration; it will double it.
It's as if our citizens by their apathy and our politicians by their ignorance-- beg for this country's demise, its degradation and its collapse into the clutches of the nightmare of an added 100 million people.
If I could take you for a two week trip to Mexico City, Mexico; Shanghai, China; Bombay, India; Dacca, Bangladesh; Alexandria , Egypt— you would become sick to your stomach. You would be inspired to take action. You wouldn't want your children to live what those people suffer in their misery by the millions as they cling to life—every day of their lives.
Dignity-101 – Our Future is in Our Hands
The PBS journalist, Bill Moyers, asked the great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov,
"What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if this population growth continues at its present rate?"
Asimov replied, "It will be completely destroyed. I use what I call the bathroom metaphor: if two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want to stay as long as you like for whatever you need.
"But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person; you have to bang on the door, "Aren't you done yet?"
He concluded, "In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive. Convenience and decency can't survive. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters."
The next added 100 million Americans will destroy the American Dream. Our job is to build momentum to help our neighbors to gain awareness, rise up, and stop the seemingly inevitable train… soon.
What YOU can do for a better future for your country:
YOU can make a difference, really!
The United States is a fragile Republic. A republican form of government is not a spectator sport. It means you must jump in, roll up you sleeves and take personal and collective action. Of course, there are other options; you could let a dictator take over and do everything for you, but that path would give you Cuba, China, North Korea and other unsavory examples.
Get smart. To stop this invasion locally and nationally: join www.numbersusa.com for free and you can join www.fairus.org and www.thesocialcontract.com
For readers of this column, I present you with an opportunity: If you appreciate the gravity of what this nation faces by adding 100 million people in 33 years, please write me with ideas and/or producers on television who might interview me. I need phone numbers, emails and addresses of TV/radio and newsprint leaders across the country. I will speak on behalf of all Americans and expose to the general public what this nation faces if we continue on this overpopulation path. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
To stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from giving a blanket amnesty to 30 million law-breakers, we MUST take action. Call for a full 10 year moratorium on ALL immigration. We need time to secure our borders (build attractive, tall-humane physical fences, PLUS virtual fences) and to get our house in order. THIS IS URGENT ! During the most recent 12-month period, we were joined by nearly 2 million legal immigrants PLUS more than 3 to as many as 6 million illegal aliens. The "official" numbers are grossly, intentionally understated by the Department of Commerce (Census Bureau)… to fool you.
CALL NANCY PELOSI
Washington, DC - (202) 225-4965
San Francisco, CA - (415) 556-4862
EMAIL NANCY PELOSI email@example.com
EMAIL FORM FOR NANCY PELOSI www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html
Senator Harry Reid
202-224-3121 in Washington DC
775-686-5750 in Reno, NV
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard for live listener: 202 456 1414
We must 'sour the milk.' Bring out your points in the call:
1. America cannot support another 100 million people added to our country in 34 years, i.e., water crisis, resource depletion, air pollution, gridlock, loss of quality of life, etc.
2. America cannot support lawbreakers being given citizenship.
3. America must maintain our English language as primary, period.
4. America wants only legal immigrants who play by the rules, and speak English.
5. America 's working poor deserve a chance at jobs taken by illegals.
6. America already has too many people. I support a 10 year moratorium on all immigration.
7. Americans must maintain our high-quality public schools for our children.
8. We can no longer tolerate 350,000 or more expensive birthright citizens (anchor babies) annually, that subtract from our own citizens.
9. Voluntary repatriation is a great thing; Attrition through enforcement by stopping their ability to wire money home, obtain rental housing and jobs will encourage early departure.
10. An amnesty failed in 1986 (gave more than 3 million carte Blanc citizenship), and it will only be worse today (as proposed, SB-2611 will give citizenship to 30 million). We're being displaced out of our jobs and out of our own country.
Call your elected leaders with relentless and never-give-up passion.
To stop illegal aliens in your community, you may follow the course of action taken by Mayor Louis Barletta of Hazelton, PA. He offers a bomb-proof ordinance that takes business licenses away from those who hire illegals. He legally halts landlords from renting to illegals. Without work and without housing, illegals cannot stay in your community. Check out his web site for instructions: SmallTownDefenders.com
Visit D.A. King at the www.thedustininmansociety.org to see how Georgia created the most effective laws to stop illegals at the state level.
Please check out William Gheen at www.alipac.us. He's a mover and shaker. He will direct you to specific actions that make you more powerful and impactful.
Frosty Wooldridge presents a 45 minute program to colleges, high schools, civic clubs, church groups and political clubs across America titled: "COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT." Go to his website for further information on booking the program. www.frostywooldridge.com
Would you like to support the PRR? Send donations to: 21st Century Paul Revere Ride at POB 207, Louisville, CO 80027. www.21stCenturyPaulRevereRide.us;
Check out www.populationmedia.org for an exciting method for creating overpopulation awareness in Third World countries. Their prime directive works with the media in order to educate and activate leaders and women worldwide.
Whether we like it or not, global warming is upon us. We can take action to correct it. Please join www.stopglobalwarming.org for up to the minute information and action items.
Awareness Campaign web site, www.mcs-global.org, which is purely to help save and protect human health and environmental health globally. Diana Buckland is founder and global coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Diana makes impact all over the world by alerting everyone about chemical sensitivities caused by poisons sprayed, injected and applied to our crops and elsewhere.
From Part 5 of this series, "Destroying our oceans", if you would like to become involved please refer to www.savetheoceans.org for a first rate lesson on how to take action in order to cleanse our oceans, restock our fish population, move toward recycling and cleanup of our world's most important living resource. Watch shows on PBS that expose where we threw two million tires into the waters off the East Coast and all the damage those tires are doing to marine life. You'll find out what you can do to have them raised from the deep. Additionally, check out www.greenpeace.org for actions at the national and international levels.
You're invited: I am writing in request to invite you to participate at our March for America National Rally. March for America National Rally will be held June 14th, 15th and 16th 2007, over Flag Day weekend. Key location will be at our Nations capital in Washington D.C., as well as State Capitals nationwide. This event is part of a truly grassroots nationwide movement of the American people known as Let Freedom Ring America. Sincerely, Melissa Gardner, March for America co chair 916-339-3167 firstname.lastname@example.org
To make visual impact: Additionally, we have 300 remaining Paul Revere Ride T-shirts left that feature: "Stop Illegal Immigration" on the front and the very cool "21 st Century Paul Revere Ride" logo on the back with web sites. State your size.
$15.00 per shirt includes shipping.
PRR, POB 207, Louisville, CO 80027
You can also learn from and assist like-minded folks;
Check out www.alipac.us 1-866-329 3999;
On April 1, 2007, the Paul Revere Riders will again ride to stop the illegal invasion and accompany Arizona long haul truckers and motorcyclists in a freedom border ride to block illegal aliens from crossing our borders. We invite all veterans, truckers and bikers to join us. Contact Rusty Childress at www.immigrationbuzz.com and www.americanfreedomriders.com for further information. Please write with your ideas on what to name the ride.
Frosty's published books include:
"HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS";
"STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" ;
"IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" ;
"MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA:
INTO THE WIND— A TEEN NOVEL" ;
"BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION";
"AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA".
His next book: "TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP".
Frosty lives in Denver, Colorado.