America and the world face unprecedented challenges in the 21st century due to peak oil and unparalleled climate change which drives food scarcity. While the “Age of Oil” that supported massive population growth declines, human population explodes. The human race gallops toward a collision with its own numbers. Strap on your seatbelts, helmets and parachutes folks!
Today, at 306 million citizens, America adds 3.1 to 3.4 million annually. U.S. population projections show America adding 100 million by 2035, a mere 26 years from now. (Source: PEW Report; “US Population Projections, Fogel/Martin March 2006) At the same time, globally, humans add 77 million annually, net gain. That increase expects human planet expansion to multiply from 6.7 billion to a low of 9.2 billion to as high as 9.8 billion in 41 years--2050. (Source: www.populationmedia.org)
While 18 million people die of starvation or starvation related diseases annually worldwide, hyper-population growth stands as the ‘sacred cow’ that remains untouchable in America and across the world in the 21st century. No world leaders address it; and all ignore it. (Source: World Health Organization)
If humanity cannot feed 18 million people that will die in mass in 2009, how will humanity feed an added three billion in 41 years when oil supplies exhaust themselves? Here we see a blatant example of incongruent short-sightedness from so-called leaders that should be visionaries!
Amazingly, most people think alternative energy will solve the energy crisis. According to Michael Brownlee, Boulder, Colorado, www.transitionbouldercounty.org , alternative energy cannot and will not be able to replace the energy density of oil. He presents a power point show locally and nationally. Michael@transitionbouldercounty.org
In his profound and enthralling slide show, he illustrates poignantly: humans burn 85 million barrels of oil daily. That equals a cubic mile of oil annually. In order to equal that vast amount of energy it would take 91.2 million solar panels built every year for 50 years. Or, 102 coal-fired electrical plants built every year for 50 years. Or, 32,500 wind turbines built every year for fifty years. Finally, the alternative of 52 nuclear powered plants built every year for 50 years would equal one year of oil energy.
In other words, nothing today or in the future can equal the power of oil. Therefore, the human race faces a profoundly different future—one that means returning to basic, simple living, within the energy restrictions of wind, light, water and animal power. Let’s hear it for horses, oxen and mules!
“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this century, will the “civil” part of civilization survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a Faustian bargain—selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid.” Walter Youngquist, Professor of Geology, University of Oregon
What does America face? What kind of actions must citizens take? Who leads this civilization toward a sustainable future?
TRANSITION TOWNS WORLDWIDE
Across the world, now numbering 900 communities, a grassroots organization enables citizens to engage the future with hope and tools for sustaining communities in the 21st century. www.transitionus.org
It’s been called the “Most Inspiring Movement in the World” from the founder Rob Hopkins—THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK: From oil dependency to local resilience.
He explains, “Why peak oil and climate change mean that small is inevitable.”
He quoted Einstein, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.”
1. How will we rebuild community resilience in response to Peak Oil?
2. How will we strengthen our local economy in response to economic instability?
3. How are we going to reduce carbon emissions in response to climate change?
As Michael Brownlee said, “We cannot wait for the government to change course toward a sustainable future. We must do it ourselves. Our actions are imperative if we are to survive the coming decline in oil.”
This journalist attends meetings regularly. I find sharp, aware persons taking action at the local level. You will discover the nuts and bolts for managing the coming energy crisis. You will find out ‘how’, ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ we must construct a sustainable future or face an uncomfortable future.Visit www.transitioncolorado.ning.com for resources, events, network and information about Transition Town gatherings. Send the information to friends in other cities and states so citizens can access Transition Towns in their states and communities. Participation includes all 50 states and Canada.
You may be wondering if this movement will work because hyper-population growth will add 100, 200, 300 million people to the USA in 70 years. That human growth may well undermine any well-intentioned attempts toward sustainability. Hopefully, at some point, the USA addresses its calamitous population growth and moves toward a “US Sustainable Population Policy”.
The USA must shift its paradigm of unlimited growth and expansion to a stable population to best facilitate Transition Towns’ innovative mission. In the meantime, www.TransitionUS.org starts the discussion. Be a part of it!
All that needs to be asked is: what is the value of our nation, of our way of life and the prospects for our children: the future of the United States?
To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and become one of nearly a million Americans making impact with pre-written faxes and phone calls to change immigration policies toward a stable future. Bi-partisan and highly effective!
Second, join www.thesocialcontract.com for up to date information via the Social Contract Quarterly. Exceptional publication to keep you informed.
For a sobering understanding of our future, view the DVD
“Blind Spot” which depicts America as a civilization suffering ‘overshoot’ and
energy decline while its population adds 100 million in 30 years. Every member
needs to see “Blind Spot” in order to prepare this country for the coming
Visit this site for a rendition of Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech: “How to Destroy America”
Please visit Annie Leonard at www.storyofstuff.com for a compelling and highly interesting 20 minute video concerning our high consumption, highly wasteful and unsustainable society. She educates and provides avenues for you to make a difference.
Visit this web site by Chris Martenson: http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data
In Colorado: visit www.soprisfoundation.org for information how you can network with like-minded folks to create a more sustainable future for Colorado and other states.
View CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling:
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA: D.C.: (202)224-2854
CHICAGO, IL: (312)886-3506
SPRINGFIELD, IL: (217)492-5089
MARION, IL.: (618)997-2402
MOLINE, IL.: (309)736-1217
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL
President-Elect Obama created a new email form
on his change.gov website. He wants Americans to tell him their story.
OBAMA WANTS TO HEAR THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Why not write President-Elect Obama and tell him how illegal aliens have affected you in your community.
EMAIL FORM AN AMERICAN MOMENT - TO BARACK OBAMA
FROM OBAMA'S CHANGE.COM WEBSITE
An American Moment
Books to read: “The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler
“Peak Everything” by Richard Heinberg
Many People” by Lindsey Grant
Become a member of “Frosty’s Press Agent Corps” whereby you volunteer a few hours to send out emails to top TV and radio hosts to offer top speakers on America’s overpopulation crisis driven by unending immigration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and receive two informational letters showing you exactly what to do.
Roy Beck's "IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS" is the single best educational appreciation of America's future if we allow ourselves to add another 100 million people. Just click on this site for the most sobering experience of your children's future.
Roy Beck gives a graphic presentation of our fate if we continue to allow legal and illegal immigration to swamp this country. If you have children, you will be particular unnerved at their fate. I know Roy Beck personally and his integrity and knowledge stand at the top. Pass this web site 14 minute video far and wide across America to educate everyone you know. We either stop this human tsunami or the future of this country will be much like Rome's. We must, as a nation and a civilization, move to secure our country from this massive, unrelenting population overload from a line that never ends. This will be the most compelling 14 minute video of your life.
Bob Woodruff of ABC asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we listen to irresponsible media and thus ignore the blatant symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
From: Frosty Wooldridge
This three minute interview with Adam Schrager on “Your Show” May 4, 2008, NBC Channel 9 News, addresses the ramifications of adding 120 million people to USA in 35 years and six million people to Colorado as to water shortages, air pollution, loss of farmland, energy costs and degradation of quality of life. In the interview, Frosty Wooldridge explains the ramifications of adding 120 million people to the USA in 35 years. He advances new concepts such as a “Colorado Carrying Capacity Policy”; “Colorado Environmental Impact Policy”; “Colorado Water Usage Policy”; “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy”. Nationally, the USA needs a "National Sustainable Population Policy" to determine the carrying capacity of this nation for the short and long term. Wooldridge is available for interviews on radio and TV having interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX.
Go to: www.frostywooldridge.com and click on “Audio/Video” tab
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com