A Book Review
By Frosty Wooldridge
A staggering 100 percent of U.S. governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives, mayors, major newspaper publishers, editors and the current president of the United States ignore America’s greatest crisis in the 21st century. Every presidential candidate ignores it from one end of this country to the other!
Across America, citizens go about their daily activities oblivious to the ominous consequences bequeathed to their children. Few think about or react to toxic air pollution, traffic gridlock, crowding and climate change.
What is this problem? Short answer: addiction to human population growth!
Each day, America adds 8,200 more people. Annually, America grows by 3.1 million people. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts America to add 100 million people by 2040. Whether it’s sooner or later, no matter how far down the wrong road you travel, stop! Turn around; go back and find a better path.
“THE POPULATION FIX: Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth” by Edward C. Hartman, provides stunning examples of our human folly. He illustrates his native California’s demise via massive population overload. Hartman reports on what happened to California as it grew from 16 million in 1965 to its current population of 37.5 million in 2007. Far more sobering—predictions show California adding 40 million by 2050 at current growth rates.
He introduces pertinent points that none of our leaders ask: “Our schools are too crowded—we need to build more schools.” The more intelligent answer must be raised, “If we stabilized our population, we wouldn’t need more new schools…if we stabilized our population, we wouldn’t need to build more homes and roads.”
Hartman asks, “How many Americans are enough? How many people would you like to see inhabiting this land seven generations from now?”
China and India never asked those questions fifty years ago. Today, at 1.3 and 1.1 billion respectively, their citizens exist like sardines in a can—except they remain alive while gasping for breath and movement. As human numbers increase--freedom, fresh air, quality of life and standard of living decline.
Why did Hartman write the book? He’s passionate about saving our wild places, our wild life, stopping air pollution, living within our carrying capacity and restoring our quality of life. No one deserves more cities like Los Angeles around this country.
Since the American female stands at a stable 2.03 fertility rate, the U.S. enjoys a stable population. However, massive inward migration from around the world drives our population growth. We either decide to control how many people we allow onto our “limited capacity lifeboat” or we sink.
Every airplane mandates a specific carrying capacity that cannot be exceeded. A restaurant cannot serve more than its limit. A pool cannot allow more than its capacity. A movie house cannot sell one more ticket than its limited seating.
It’s time the United States moves toward: “National Carrying Capacity Policy” and “National Environmental Impact Policy” and “National Water Policy” and “National Sustainable Population Policy.” By planning for a sustainable future for all citizens and animal life, the United States may lead the world toward a more viable and vibrant future.
Is Hartman optimistic about the future? Are you? Will we change course in time? It’s up to each and every one of us. Hartman’s book will give you greater perspective on your stake in the future for your children. I highly recommend reading it.
The Population Fix
Author: Edward C. Hartman
Retail price: $24.50
ISBN-Softcover=978-0-9776125-0-5 Retail price: $18.50
“ America faces a daunting future if it continues along its overpopulation path. Everyone will become victims and survivors of this “Human Katrina” bearing down on our civilization. We can wait and see what happens to us or we can take action to create a sustainable civilization for our children. Hartman shows the way with ‘The Population Fix.’” Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world traveler and journalist