This civilization fails to understand its predicament. This week, Washington reporter Eleanor Clift called the illegal immigrant flood, “A happy invasion!” Former President Bill Clinton advocated for more immigrants. Most of the liberal press issued catcalls to Arizona for trying to rid itself of 460,000 illegal aliens. An whopping 2.5 million immigrants reach U.S. shores annually. Within 25 years, at current immigration rates, we can expect an added 70 million immigrants from a line that grows by 77 million annually worldwide.
But smarter minds warn of our impending dilemma with added population. Within 25 years, U.S. population projections show the United States adding 100 million people. Not only can we not sustain that number with worsening environmental degradation, but it won’t work on multiple levels.
My long time colleague, Washington, DC writer, Don Collins penned a sobering look at what we face”
“The Population Bomb," Paul R. Ehrlich's 1968 best-selling book that warned of mass starvation in the 1970s and '80s, was wrong, but only on its time prediction,” said Collins. “His famous bomb has already detonated! Only instead of being one bomb, the rise of population has caused multiple detonations that will continue now and in the years ahead.
“Adding 2 billion to 4 billion more humans to our current 6.7 billion won't help, but the real impact of population growth is the main story, a dire situation that we must treat urgently. Human numbers remain the elephant in the living room -- consistently and dangerously ignored by most leaders of both developed and undeveloped nations.
“Family planning programs remain well underfunded. We spend billions on disease control, but far less on birth control.
“Why is there more urgency now than ever? There are many reasons, including the powerful fact of dangerous environmental degradation, but two reasons are often unaddressed: the average age of many developing countries' populations and the sex of babies being born.
“Age: In Senegal, for example, where I have been several times, the population's average age is 18. How will these kids turn out? Many will be un-mentored. Remember the 1954 allegorical novel " Lord of the Flies" by Noblest William Golding, which shows how unsupervised U.K. schoolboys stuck on a deserted island try to govern themselves -- with disastrous results.
“Ethiopia, where I traveled widely last fall, grew from 35 million to 85 million in just 25 years, making it Africa's second most populous country. The view from my window in the luxurious Addis Ababa Sheraton disclosed the same crowded slums I have seen all over the world. These impoverished people are not going to remain satisfied and docile as conditions worsen. Will Ethiopia's leaders, for example, be willing to implement urgently needed contraception services? Again, it takes political will and much more money.
“And how about people worldwide living much, much longer? Plenty of active, productive octogenarians' knowledge and skills could be better employed.
“Sex: Selection of boys over girls using ultrasound and abortions illegally in China and India creates an excess of untutored young males with no marriage or job prospects. In their landmark 2005 book, "Bare Branches," Valerie Hudson and Andrea Den Boer reported on many millions of such youths causing great trouble in China. Recruitable by outside terrorists, such young men in the Middle East surface as suicide bombers.
“Of course in the U.S., where both parents frequently hold jobs and TV becomes a primary baby sitter, we can expect more Columbine massacres.
“Our flagrant importing of cheap foreign labor in massive numbers keeps young U.S. kids from doing the kind of part-time and summer jobs that were standard in earlier generations, making shopping malls all too often the recreation centers for idle teens.
“While much more money could help provide adequate family planning overseas, the U.S.A. is bankrupt. Carrying out all the promises already legislated for our own citizens will likely lead to constant shortfalls; perhaps even the new health reform law will be unable to be properly implemented. And when will China and others stop buying our debt, realizing that it is now out of control?
“Ehrlich's bomb, now multiple human detonations, threatens our continued existence!”
Donald Collins, a Greensburg native and freelance writer living in Washington, D.C., has been a population activist for more than 40 years. He has served on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America board, was a founding member of the Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas, and is founder and president of the International Services Assistance Fund (isafonline.org), which fosters wider use of a permanent female contraceptive.
Must see DVD: “Blind Spot” http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_spot/ , This movie illustrates America’s future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It’s a brilliant educational movie! www.blindspotdoc.com
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
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Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's America project on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
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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 He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715