Part 32: Boomers’ last chance; letter from the
This continuing series brings you, a concerned American,
more information on what this civilization faces and what we can do to change
course toward a viable future for our children and all living creatures.
As of November 4, 2010, the United States at 310
million, steams full speed ahead toward 100 million additional people by 2035—a
scant 25 years from now. How do you feel
about that number in light of water shortages, food costs, energy availability,
quality of life in our cities and a host of environmental dangers?
While our situation may be sobering, you enjoy the
option to change the future by your actions today. Join the websites below to make impact. Everything you do counts! Everything you avoid doing—counts likewise!
“In his best selling
book, The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw extolled the virtues of the
American men and women who grew up in the Great Depression and fought in
War II,” said Heinberg. “…as a result, their children have enjoyed the most
extended and exuberant period of affluence in the history of any nation.”
So much so, we also
created the most catastrophic environmental degradation, species extinction,
crowding in our cities and other disparities ever known to humanity! While Americans drive HUGE SUV’s that consume
22 million barrels of oil 24/7, and live
in relative luxury—around the planet, 18 million humans starve to death
annually while 3.0 billion subsist on less than $2.00 per day. Americans as
well as the Chinese and most Western societies ravage third world countries for
metals, minerals, oil and gems.
On the one hand, we
enjoy unimaginable luxury even for the poorest in America—and on the other,
astounding human misery.
practiced ‘diachronic competition’, that is, competition with future generations,
more ruthlessly than any other since the dawn of our species,” said Heinberg. “The
implications are devastating. A good
case may be made that my generation, because it so threatens the perpetuation
of its kind and the survival of countless other species, is the worst ever.”
While Heinberg talks
about America, I watched similar circumstances erupt all over the globe. Today, India and China work 24/7 to ‘be like
America’ in wealth, industrial might and power.
They gobble resources at an alarming rate of speed.
James Howard Kunstler,
in his The Long Emergency, reports that China expects to burn 98
million barrels of oil daily by 2030.
How? They build and place on their highways 27,000 new cars net gain
weekly! Reports this fall showed them
trying to untangle a 60 mile long gridlocked
traffic jam. Look it up on
Why do you think 98
million barrels proves astounding? We burn 84 million barrels daily all over
the planet in 2010 each day! No chance
for them to extract that much oil in the light of Peak Oil! Something will have to give! Answer: their whole civilization will
collapse! Don’t be smug! So will ours!
What amazes me: how on
Earth do the Chinese think anything will improve as they add eight million
people net gain annually?
At one point in the
Jimmy Carter told Americans that they would have to ‘adjust’
their material way of life in order to keep their freedoms. But no one
As of late, Chris
Steiner wrote a book, $20 Per Gallon, where he researched
Peak Oil, and guaranteed Americans that gas would rise to $10, $15 and
ultimately $20 per gallon within two decades or sooner. Without a doubt, our freedoms will most
definitely be restricted.
Yet, we keep growing
America’s population like that 1,810 pound pumpkin that some Wisconsin farmer
featured on the
Jay Leno Show in October.
“This pumpkin grew by 40 pounds a day,” the farmer said.
What do you do with a
civilization that adds 3.4 million every year while water, resources, oil and
ability to grow food diminish? What does that civilization do when it adds
another 100 million?
Do you notice no one
asking those ‘heavy’ questions?
“But there was never
broad public discussion of the real issue that will impact our lives in the
next few years—the generation that grew up expecting always more will soon be
faced with less,” said Heinberg. “The nation, now hallucinating uncontrollably
from toxic exposure of Fox News, is in debt to the point that no conceivable
decision made today will prevent a devastating implosion of the U.S. economy,
especially in the view of impending oil and gas peaks.”
“In the decades ahead
we will be going through hell,” said Heinberg. “But the only alternative to
accepting the fact is to live in denial until the reality is inescapable and
our room for maneuvering is even more restricted than it has already become…we
boomers have stolen much from the future generations; the main question
remaining is, can we now give them back at least the possibility that they
might build the world we once dreamed of?”
At the end of his
book, Heinberg writes a letter from the future back to citizens living today.
He talked about hopes of preventing the “Die-off”; “The Pruning”; “The
Purification”; or “The Cleansing.” He
said, “Some terms are more palatable than others, but there really are no nice
ways to describe the actual events—wars, epidemics, famines.” Aka, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—war,
disease, pestilence and famine.
At the end, Heinberg
throws a ‘dental floss’ line of hope toward the reader with web sites and
actions each can take. Ever the optimist, he might engage the best and
brightest of our generation and the present generations to take action. We can only hope!
In a five minute astoundingly simple
yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum balls
Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage
our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration
equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded
America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a
'fleeting fantasy' from the era of 1950 to 2010.
are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to
change the course of American history as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom
and Australia. Take collective action at:
is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.com
; watch Roy
Beck’s “Immigration by the Numbers” at 14 minutes. Bi-partisan and
very effective. Become a faxer of pre-written letters to your reps to make
see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
Check out this link
with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
This website, www.great4us.org
visually shows the exacting consequences of mass legal and illegal immigration
into the USA. Additionally it advances eight steps for solving the problem in
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