Across the planet, humanity faces its greatest crisis in the 21st century created by its own hyper-population growth. Worldwide demographic reports show human beings growing from 6.7 billion to a mind-numbing 9.2 billion low estimate to a high of 9.8 billion in 40 years. Whether by the hands of culture or religion, human beings propagate beyond any other species on Earth.
Via population overload, humanity faces its greatest dilemma since the beginning of recorded history. Over the ages, we survived wars, diseases and pestilence, but our survival never depended on our ability to stop proliferating beyond Earth’s carrying capacity.
Few citizens in first world countries possess an inkling of the raging struggle for survival going on around the planet for a third of the human race.
Meanwhile, Americans remain unaware of an appalling statistic facing their children: half of all growth on the planet by 2050 explodes from eight nations--India, China, the United States, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As a result of accelerating population growth around the globe, first world countries find themselves besieged by immigrants flooding from third world countries at gathering speeds. No matter how many migrate, the world grows by a net gain of 77 million human beings annually.
In the Western Hemisphere, Mexico expects to grow from 106 million to 153 million in 40 years. If the United States continues its endless immigration policies, its citizens face ominous consequences from water shortages, lack of energy and food scarcity. Additionally, environmental calamities across the spectrum explode in a virtual Pandora’s Box of predicaments.
These realities—both by the demographic company we keep and the implications for the United States—might turn the reader an Earth Day green.
America stands at the most critical juncture of its 233 year history since the signing of the Constitution. What dilemma faces our nation?
Hyper-population growth: Plague of 21st century planet Earth
The world grows more constricted by adding 9,000 newborns per hour net gain over deaths, 216,000 per day and well over 77 million added human beings per year habitually in third world countries. According to a recent Time Magazine report, eight million adults starve to death annually around the globe.
Additionally, every year, 10 million children under age 12 die of starvation or starvation related diseases. All mankind faces this “human dilemma.”
However, world leaders continue ignoring it. Therefore, refugees escape misery, starvation and hopelessness found in their own countries. Where do they flee as their main destination?
Not China! Not India! Not Bangladesh! Not Africa!
Millions rush to functioning republics and democracies in Western Europe. France now endures five million immigrants. Multitudes rush over borders in Germany, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Sweden, England and Italy. In the Western Hemisphere, the third world’s poor, uneducated and unskilled stream into America at 1.0 million illegal migrants per year while 1.2 million arrive via legal avenues. Canada accepts millions of refugees. The quandary however: the line never ends. Again, this procession swells by 77 million annually.
In our short-sightedness, we fail to address the obvious alternative to increase our assistance to indigent citizens in their own nations. Instead, we provide massive welfare and job magnets in America.
In his prophetic book, Camp of the Saints, French author Jean Raspail featured a ragged fleet of ships sailing away from India where the people had destroyed their civilization by their own overpopulation. However, instead of solving their own problems, they set sail toward France.
“You don’t know my people—the squalor, superstitions, the fatalistic sloth that they’ve wallowed in for generations. You don’t know what you’re in for if that fleet of brutes ever lands in your lap. Everything will change in this country of yours. They will swallow you up.”
One look at California’s hospitals, schools, crime, diseases and social chaos sobers any American as to the speed of this population juggernaut. We await accelerating consequences in more aspects than simple numbers. California's pandemonium in its hospitals, newly virulent diseases and massive debt clearly point to the doorstep of perpetual population growth.
Frantic migrants from around the world invade America’s borders at breakneck speed. Does that solve problems in their countries? No! It temporarily solves individuals' problems, but they too will see the luster quickly diminish as America exceeds its carrying capacity.
Ironically, no one addresses the source of this state of affairs. Not one U.S. Senator, state governor, President Obama or any high ranking U.S. leaders address the population equation. It remains the ‘sacred cow’ of American politics. Additionally, the media remains complicit in its silence. “In our race for survival,” said Richard Heinberg, “our media people are the cheerleaders for our extinction.”
Consequently, immigration forces the United States to the position of third fastest growing country in the world. We expect to double our current 306 million population in 70 years. This effectively doubles our air pollution, auto and air traffic, gridlock, size of cities, carbon footprint, water usage, species extinction, use of non-renewable resources, sprawl and all other negative factors related to hyper-population growth.
What are you doing about it? Complaining? Not sure how to take action? Are you pressing your remote to the latest rerun of “Friends” to numb your mind or feel good? Maybe it will go away on its own if you ignore it long enough. Wrong!
“The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the level of thinking that created them.” Einstein
Riding a demographic Titanic
Passengers on the Titanic did not know their fate. We do! We know we cannot allow this civilization to continue in the same direction—heading toward the population iceberg. We must make our voices heard all the way up to the captain and crew. This country is our ship. America holds the future for our families and children. We demand this president and Congress change course.
As we plunge into the early years of the 21st century, I’ll admit to you: our civilization stands nostril-deep in trouble. Even if we closed our borders today to all immigration, our ‘population momentum’ would add 35 million Americans in 40 years before stabilizing within our country. Sustaining that added population load will prove gargantuan enough! The projected 100 million via immigration in 30 years will lift solutions beyond our reach. Finally, Mother Nature cares little about anyone’s race, creed or color when it comes to excessive human numbers and limited carrying capacity. Not only humans, but all living creatures become ensnarled in this dilemma.
My own bicycle expeditions over 100,000 miles across six continents, from the Arctic to Antarctica and six times across the USA coast to coast, afforded me profound visual experiences of what’s coming to the United States and Canada. While pedaling through Asia from the Wall of China to India, I witnessed horrific human degradation via hyper-population growth. Cycling the entire perimeter of Australia and the length of South America gave me firsthand knowledge of humanity’s impact on this planet. My cycling journey from Nord Cap, Norway, 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, to Athens, Greece provided sobering knowledge of human excesses.
As a math and science teacher in the 1970s, I felt a pressing responsibility to educate and prepare my students for their participation in this civilization. Today, still feeling a deep responsibility to all humanity, I wrote this book as an educational instrument and prod to create discussion and debate on our most pressing crisis in the 21st century: overpopulation in America, Canada and globally.
Yes, we face a “human dilemma” on a worldwide stage. It grows worse by the day. It appears daunting. Nonetheless, like the founders of this republic, we must move forward with purpose, passion and intentions. We start with ourselves: form groups, work in our communities, expand to the state level, connect with those in other states, push toward national exposure and work our way into the highest political arenas. Our main intention: change this nation’s course from its current self-destructive path—to one of a viable, sustainable and peaceful future.
This book educates and guides you on how to become part of the solution instead of ineffectually complaining about the problem. First, it will connect the dots by showing you what happens in every sector of the United States as well as the world. Second, it steers you toward effective participation.
Who is your hero? Your teacher? Your parents? John Muir? Thomas Jefferson? Betsy Ross? LeBron James? Dr. Martin Luther King? Barack Obama? Susan B. Anthony? Cesar Chavez? Teddy Roosevelt? Barbara Jordan? Michelle Obama? Michael Jordan? Eleanor Roosevelt? Gandhi? Mandela? Charles Lindbergh? Federico Pena? Lupe Moreno?
Those regular men and women display(ed) uncommon determination. They thrived in their time; this is your moment. Take their energy, creative talents and drive—and make those qualities your own. You possess the same abilities, passion and personal power to change history toward a brighter future.
Conviction without action proves worthless. Passion coupled with action changes history. Let’s get busy.