While Colorado, Arizona and other western states stumble into the early years of the 21st century without a clue or plan—many futurists understand our greatest dilemma: hyper-population growth.
Nonetheless, it remains the most avoided, ducked, evaded and shunned topic by the media and national leaders. Yet, no matter how much we ignore it, overpopulation grows as the ‘raging monster across the American landscape.”
E.O. Wilson, famed Harvard researcher, wrote a book, The Diversity of Life, published in 1992 by W.W. Norton and Company. When you read it, you realize we’re a full 17 years past 1992. In that time, the USA added 51 million people. At the same time, water, energy, land and resources remained static. They will remain fixed for the foreseeable future.
While we add population, nature won’t add more water, energy, land or resources. For some esoteric reason, millions of Americans think nothing about that sobering reality while current demographic projections show 100 million people added to the USA in 30 years.
What am I attempting? I expect, with your help, to drive this nation toward a “U.S. Sustainable Population Policy” that brings our population into balance with our water, land and resources. In other words, living within our carrying capacity! We must avoid India and China’s mistakes!
Wilson said, “The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people but to poor ideology or land-use management is sophistic.”
Yet, this week, a reader of my columns wrote me that overpopulation is not a problem. He said that I was a ‘globalist’ and flat-out wrong! “God will feed everyone born,” he stated.
I returned with the sobering fact that 18 million human beings die of starvation annually and of that number, 10 million children suffer starvation deaths annually. (Source: World Health Organization)
“Nope!” he said. “You’re wrong.”
Finally, in total exasperation I wrote back Einstein’s words: "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
I cannot educate illiteracy, so I work with those that think critically.
“If Bangladesh had 10 million inhabitants, instead of 144 million (in a land mass the size of Iowa), its impoverished people could live on prosperous farms away from the dangerous flood plains in the midst of a natural and stable upland environment,” Wilson said. “It is also sophistic to point to the Netherlands and Japan, as many commentators do, as models of densely populated, but prosperous societies. Both are highly specialized industrial nations dependent upon massive imports of natural resources from the rest of the world.
“If all nations held the same number of people per square kilometer, they would converge in quality of life to Bangladesh rather than to the Netherlands and Japan, and their irreplaceable natural resources would soon join the Seven Wonders of the World as scattered vestiges of an ancient history.”
Wilson promotes the most rational plan for humanity:
“Every nation has an economic policy and a foreign policy,” Wilson said. “By this, I mean not just the capping of growth when the population hits the wall, as in China and India, but a policy based on a rational solution of this problem: What, in the judgment of its informed citizenry, is the optimal population, taken for each country in turn, placed against the backdrop of global demography?”
Wilson, like this writer, understands the clear urgency of a national population policy. It’s not like we can languish indolently while we add 100 million in 30 years as if we remain immune to consequences. Horrific symptoms already ram down our civilization’s throat. Has anyone heard of a state called California where their water crisis now demands water from the “toilet to the tap?”
“The goal of an optimal population will require addressing, for the first time, the full range of processes that lock together the economy and environment, the national interest and the global commons, the welfare of the present generation and with that of future generations,” Wilson said. “The matter should be aired not only in think tanks but in public debate. If humanity then chooses to breed itself and the rest of life into impoverishment, at least it will have done so with open eyes.”
I make this unequivocal statement: “Over population will become THE single greatest crisis facing humanity in the 21st century. Either we take action to change course or Mother Nature cannot help but respond with a whirlwind of consequences we shall not escape.”
What can you do? Plenty! You can drive this issue to the front burner. I offer a dozen ideas for you to educate yourself and websites where you can take action. Let’s get busy. Forward this column to all your friends.
Start with: www.nationaloptimumpopulationcommission.com
To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and become one of 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.
www.fairus.org ; www.vdare.com ; www.alipac.us ; www.firecoalition.com ; www.cairco.org ; www.limitstogrowth.com ; www.capsweb.org ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org; www.nationaloptimumpopulationcommission.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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