Part 30: How and why journalists avoid population connection
By Frosty Wooldridge
Why do you suppose most Americans remain apathetic to our adding 100 million people to our country in 33 years? Is anyone in favor of more gridlock, cramming, jamming and congestion in our cities? Who stands in favor of more air pollution created by that extra 100 million? Who in their right mind supports water shortages, climate change, accelerated gridlock and worse ramifications caused by more people? Surprise! More than a few readers of this series refute the harsh realities presented.
Four years ago, I personally called U.S. Congressman
Chris Cannon, (R-UT). He said, “
I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s almost beyond my understanding that anyone can be that stupid.
How do Americans live in denial? For the life of me, I don’t understand.
The imminent writer T. Michael Maher said, “Recent surveys show that Americans are less concerned about population than they were 25 years ago, and they aren’t connecting environmental degradation to population growth.
“Using a random sample of 150 stories about urban sprawl, endangered species and water shortages, Part I of this study shows that only about one story in 10 framed population growth as a source of the problem. Further, only one story in the entire sample mentioned population stability among the realm of possible solutions. Part II presents the results of interviews with 25 journalists whose stories on local environmental problems omitted the causal role of population growth. It shows that journalists are aware of the controversial nature of the population issue, and prefer to avoid it if possible.”
continued, “In 1992 the National Academy of Sciences and the British Royal
Society issued a joint statement urging world leaders to brake population
growth before it is too late. That same year, 1,600 scientists (including 99
Nobel laureates) issued a statement warning all humanity that it must soon
stabilize population and halt environmental destruction. That same year, world leaders ignored population growth at the
largest environmental summit in history, the U.N. Conference on Environment and
Development, held in
“Why are the American public and political leaders so indifferent about this issue that so concerns the world’s leading scientists and environmentalists? Not because Americans are anti-environment: Another recent Gallup Poll (Hueber, 1991), showed that 78 percent of Americans considered themselves environmentalists and 71 percent favored strong environmental protection, even at the expense of economic growth. How can Americans express strong concern about the environment, yet a diminishing concern about population growth, which many environmental experts consider the ultimate environmental problem?”
I see a disconnect from reality based on our history of unlimited resources, land, water and air. We continue with the myth of limitless expansion. If we ignore it, like a child that places his/her hands over its eyes, the bad thing will vanish. If we ignore the ‘monster’ called too many people, since it’s not killing us today, it can be ignored.
Maher explained, “Population researchers Paul and Anne Ehrlich opened their book, “The Population Explosion,” with a chapter titled, "Why Isn't Everyone as Scared as We Are?" They acknowledged, "The average person, even the average scientist, seldom makes the connection between environmental problems and the population problem, and thus remains unworried.” But while they noted that the evening news almost never connects population growth to environmental problems, the Ehrlichs chiefly blamed social taboos fostered by the Catholic Church and "a colossal failure of education" for public indifference about population.”
Maher reported, “With specific reference to habitat loss, Sears (1956), Jackson (1981), Myers (1991), Ehrlich and Ehrlich (1990), Harrison (1992) and many others have shown that population growth pushes people into relatively pristine, natural environments. Endangered species problems are frequently the flip side of this coin: when people convert wildlife habitat to their own habitat, they bulldoze trees, introduce chemicals, divert streams, build dams, alter the water table, and disrupt habitat in numerous other ways.
“While it is well known that environmental experts connect environmental degradation to population growth, it is less well known that land developers are equally straightforward in implicating population growth as a causal agent for turning wildlife habitat and farmland into subdivisions.”
Maher said, “The search produced 1,349 water shortage stories, 1,942 urban sprawl stories, and 6,001 endangered species stories. To be considered for coding, the story had to describe a population-driven environmental conflict.
“Of the 150-article sample, 16 (less than 11%) mentioned population growth as a cause of the environmental problem described in the story. Population growth appeared in eight urban sprawl stories, seven water shortage stories, and one story on endangered species.
“Although many scientific groups, environmental scientists and even land development experts agree that population growth is a basic cause of environmental change, media framing diverges widely from expert framing. Just over 10% of a Lexis-Nexis sample of environmental news stories links human population growth to the environmental problems it affects. Even more significantly, only one story in a sample of 150 presents the view that limiting population growth might be a solution to environmental problems. Such stories effectively tell the reader: population growth affects environmental degradation, but population stability is too outlandish even to be mentioned as a policy option.”
that a stable population might be a long-term solution to environmental
problems, news stories instead direct the public's attention to palliative
solutions: build new dams to supply water, zone to prevent urban sprawl, set
aside land for endangered species. In my state of
“In thousands of communities across America, population growth wreaks changes: a mobile home park displaces an orchard, a farmer loses his water rights to a city hundreds of miles away, an endangered reptile’s last known habitat is threatened by a subdivision,” Maher said. “These and countless other population-influenced disruptions reduce wildlife habitat, rural solitude, water availability, and many other environmental qualities. But this study shows that only one news story in 10 connects these events to population growth.”
In plain English, those writers entrusted with informing the American public, pass the buck. In the meantime, your U.S. Senate proceeds to not only continue massive illegal and legal immigration, the new S.B. 9 doubles the current 1 million legal immigrants annually to 2 million! No one understands the horrendous consequences, but I do and you do. It won’t be pretty when this “Human Katrina” of 100 million more Americans hits a mere 33 years from now.
What YOU can do for a better future for your country:
YOU can make a difference, really!
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 and www.firecoalition.com and www.wehirealiens.com and www.patriotunion.org
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 email@example.com 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.
If you are out of her district, you can still make your feelings heard:
Senator Harry Reid
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.
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.
Join www.numbersusa.com and become a weekly faxer of prewritten letters to your reps. Very powerful and effective. Join www.FIREcoalition.com for up to date action notices. Join www.FAIRUS.org for everything you need to know about illegal immigration. Join www.wehirealiens.com to report employers. For top info on population measures, go to www.thesocialcontract.com
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To stop illegal aliens in your
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Visit D.A. King at the www.thedustininmansociety.org
to see how
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
Check out www.populationmedia.org for an exciting method for creating
overpopulation awareness in
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.
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"HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS";
“STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE” ;
“IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES” ;
“MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO
INTO THE WIND— A TEEN NOVEL” ;
“BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION”;
“AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER:
His next book: “TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP”.