We owe our children, and theirs— a sustainable future.
We owe our planet-home reasonable and responsible behavior that complies with the laws of nature. As the most prolific and unnatural species on earth, are we facing our realities?
Rampant Population Growth
Instead, we pursue rampant population growth with no concern toward future generations. Big surprise— people need water to survive.
The World Health Organization reports, in 2006, "Thirty-five percent of humanity doesn't have access to clean drinking water."
immune to "water problems?" United States
Short answer: no.
"Is a multibillion-dollar tax hike that could boost water bills as much as 50 percent again hanging over
Campanile reported, "The state's watershed inspector general, Robert Tierney, raised red flags over these projects:
* A 2,000-acre
* A 273-unit housing development and mall in
* A 104-lot subdivision - also in Putnam - could have a deleterious effect on the Muscott Reservoir.
"These projects are deemed important to upstate economic development. But at what cost to the city?"
Pollution threatens drinking water all over the U.S.
Humans and wildlife stand at risk.
Capanile said, "Pollution, sure to be generated by the developments, likely will - prompt the federal Environmental Protection Agency to force
"These costs would be passed directly to property owners. That would mean hugely inflated water-tax bills for single-family homeowners - particularly in residential Queens and
Capanile continued, "Even worse would be the impact on owners of rental properties. Unlike electricity or gas, there is no way to effectively measure per-apartment water use in a single-meter building. Thus, landlords would be stuck with the full burden of higher water and sewage rates— while being severely restrained by rent regulation from passing the costs along. This could drive marginal properties into bankruptcy."
Governor Spitzer said, "I'll be neutral while trying to negotiate a compromise between the Catskills developers and the city's interests."
Economic Development Over Public Health
Spitzer promised to champion economic development there.
Do you see how this kind of thinking drives our civilization over a cliff? In the face of water shortages or damages done to rivers as well as the environment, a sitting governor presses for more development. That means more destruction of the wild, which, in turn creates a cascading effect on everything in our environment.
Let's see how ironic, useless and pathetically inept our leaders show themselves as they pretend to face our future water dilemmas caused by overpopulation.
Do Our Leaders Understand Population's Impact on Environment?
Newsweek, April 16, 2007, "Leadership and Environment" interviewed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger "The Green Giant" with a picture of him puffing on a cigar. While he's filling his lungs with toxic chemicals from the stogie, 37 million Californians' cars, trucks, ships, power plants and homes fill the skies with enormous pollution exhaust.
What didn't he promise? What didn't he address? What did he ignore?
Not One "Leader" in Newsweek Mentioned Root-Cause
Later in Newsweek's presentation, they featured mayors of cities across
Newsweek's Karen Springen wrote, "Will Polar Bears Be OK?" Again, no mention of human overpopulation or stabilizing our numbers!
More People, More Combustion Engines, More Greenhouse Gases
Another Newsweek piece by Jessica Ramirez, "How to Live a Greener Life" presented wonderful methods for curbing billions of metric tons of greenhouse gases created in the
Newsweek continued with a report on
; Wall-to-Wall People China
I've traveled throughout
At our current population growth, we follow
At least one person in Newsweek's report spoke rationally. K.R. Sridhar said, "I'm not against conservation, but the idea that we can conserve our way out of this problem will not hold."
Mother-Nature ALWAYS Wins
Everything reported in Newsweek reminded me of a vision— Governor Arnold, the great muscleman, jumping into the Colorado River north of I-70 in springtime— with a goal of swimming to its source in the Fraser Valley near the Continental Divide in Colorado. The scene proves magnificent; his mighty muscles carry him upward, past the torrents of melting water rushing out of the
Sure enough, the press features him making tremendous progress. Each day, he puffs on his cigar with confidence in his journey. However, the mighty
In the end, even
Connecting the Dots— Unchecked, Rampant Population Growth
As you've connected the dots in this series, such is the fate of
Why do this to our children?
Why won't anyone discuss it? Why such obscene irresponsibility? I shake my head in wonder at our continued active path toward our perilous destiny.
Strategic Planning Void; We MUST Awaken and Step Up to the Plate— Soon
Copping out is NOT an option. Likewise, caving-in to the
Correction from Part 28: The quotes from Dr. Alan Kuper’s report originated from Mike Lafferty’s book: “Too Many People, Not Enough Planet.”