wrote, “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the
level of thinking that created them.” Nonetheless, governors, our president, Congress and other leaders
stagger forward with ‘solutions’ that accelerate
America’s population problems. Immigration stands as THE dilemma this
country faces in this century.
In the past 10
years, the world added 880 million people.
added 33 million and
added six million—on its way from 36 million to 56 million in the next 30
California, many states found themselves
inundated with sprawl, gridlock, rising home prices, collapsing hospitals, new
forms of crime and diseases. Today,
at 300 million and grows by 3.0 million annually. Just past the mid-century,
add 300 million people. Humans will grow
from 6.6 billion to 9.8 billion people(source: Balance.org and Population
Reference Bureau)—creating ever greater misery around the world. Today, eight million people stave to death
annually around the globe (source: Time Magazine, March 14, 2005). Half of them
Soon past the mid-century, those added millions compete for dwindling
resources, water, food and a diminishing quality of life. In western states
Arizona, a drought in 2050 will become a disaster
along with many other consequences.
For graphic examples, one need only look at
In a recent speech, Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said, "In my
country, four million people are born in the streets, live in the streets and
die in the streets-never having used a toilet or shower." If massive
population is so good, why is
Overpopulation will become the “Plague of the 21st Century.” Ultimately, it creates the “Tragedy of the
Commons” or, what is known today as exceeding carrying capacity.
headed? Do we want such a legacy for our
own children? According to 60 Minutes, one million homeless children
struggle in our inner cities today. In
excess of 13 million American children live below the poverty line. What will be the fate of another 300 million
people who create homeless children? How
many are too many and when will Americans address that fact? Which leader?
At this time—few!
Politicians scurry like cockroaches at the mention of population stabilization.
Corporations demand larger markets as if nonrenewable resources will appear out
of a magician’s black hat. We're like a
runaway freight train with no brakes headed toward the edge of the
consequences in every corner of our nation. Our East and West coasts, teeming
with too many people, strive to deal with escalating water, air and land
dilemmas. Acid rains pound our lakes
with chemicals. Our cities create thick clouds where millions of children
breathe carcinogens with every breath. Farmers kill microbes in the soil with fertilizers and
pesticides--leaving us with contaminated foods for eating. Each year, 1.3 million new cancers are detected
citizens--an epidemic of our own making.
said it 50 years ago; "We must prevent human tragedy rather than run
around trying to save ourselves after an event has already occurred.
Unfortunately, history clearly shows that we arrive at catastrophe by failing
to meet the situation, by failing to act when we should have acted. The
opportunity passes us by and the next disaster is always more difficult and
compounded than the last one."
By failing to act
now, what kinds of consequences will we as a nation face when we hit 1/2
billion people? In the
US with 300
million more people, that's 100 percent more traffic, 100 percent added planes
in the air, 100 percent increased pollution, 100 percent faster uses of already
limited resources like water and gasoline. With each new added American, 1 to 12.6 acres of wilderness is plowed up
to support that person. In the next 10 years, according to the National Academy
of Sciences, 2,500 plants and animals will become extinct in the
USA because of
habitat destruction via population growth. Why aren't we addressing the moral
and biological consequences of such horrific extinction rates?
When you add ocean
fisheries collapsing, acid rain, ozone destruction, drought, contaminated water
supplies, poisoning and sterilization of the soils by insecticides and
fertilizers--we're building unimaginable consequences.
How serious is our
problem? Upon receiving the Sanger Award for Human Rights in 1966, Dr. Martin
Luther King said, "…the plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we
have discovered and with resources we possess. What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution, but
universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and the education of
billions of people who are its victims."
Fifty year ago,
their accelerating populations. Today,
their problems grow so gargantuan, they can’t solve them. As if like lemmings,
leaders follow the same steps. According
to the Center for Immigration Studies, we're allowing the immigration of more
than millions of people annually from countries that refuse family planning.
Since the American female has a fertility rate of 2.03 children, it's not
Americans causing the rising population tide. We need immigration reform and reduction to less than 175,000 people
annually before population momentum forces us into an unsustainable
society. If we don’t tame this
‘immigration monster’, it will grow past our ability to manage it.
we do nothing, we commit our children and all living things to a difficult
future by not addressing overpopulation in 2005. It's a disservice to
ourselves, our nation and future generations.