“It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the
coming century is how to bring a better quality of life -- for 8 billion or
more people -- without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.”
Edward O. Wilson
As this series continues,
hopefully, it ‘connects the dots’ for Americans as they see their freedoms
erode, their environment degrade and their ‘quality of life’ fade into
memories. While people ‘existing’ in large cities understand and accept a
lowered quality of life, rural people cannot help but ‘feel’ the pulse of life
accelerate beyond their normal rhythms.
Again, how do we mitigate our
exploding population projected to add 100 million people by 2035—a scant 25
years from now? (Source: PEW Report, “U.S. Population Projections” by
Fogel/Martin at www.fairus.org , and U.S. Census Bureau) Current U.S. population by the end of December
2010 reached 312.7 million people. We
will total 400 million by 2035 if we continue on this same course.
In the quote above, the
imminent biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson wonders how we can accommodate ‘quality of
life’ on this planet with eight billion people. Actually, he must update that
number to 9.2 billion within 40 years.
Unfortunately, we already suffer
environmental, water and resource problems on a magnitude beyond solving today
when you consider ‘population momentum’, or the propensity of the human race,
like a brakeless train, to keep adding speed as it travels downhill.
long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements,
breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a
thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty,
the mineral-like quality of life?” Charles Lindbergh
Lindbergh asked a powerful
question. How can animal creatures like us, the hairless ‘primates’ of the
world, so used to hunting and gathering for thousands of years, abruptly turn
ourselves into city dwellers stacked on top of each other and crowding each
other in our relentlessly growing cities?
How do we find quality of life in gridlock traffic, long lines at the
NFL game toilets, walking on concrete our whole lives, breathing air we can see
and enduring endless honking horns, blaring music, sirens, gun shots and
irritating if not totally crazy neighbors?
Can it be good for kids to
grow up never having seen a chick hatch, horse give birth, deer leap over a
creek, a fox dash after its prey or watch Canada geese skimming down into a
lake for a landing? You might wonder if
it’s a quality of life to be able to ‘see’ the air you breathe.
Fodor of www.CongrolGrowth.org
“Most cities in the U.S. have operated on the assumption that growth is inherently
beneficial and that more and faster growth will benefit local residents
economically. Local growth is often cited as the cure for urban ailments,
especially the need for local jobs. But where is the empirical evidence that
growth is providing these benefits? I have just completed a new study examining
the relationship between growth and prosperity in US metro areas. The study
found that those metro areas with the most growth fared the worst in terms of
basic measures of economic well-being.”
you examine large cities, you find degraded quality of life, but worse, you see
schools in chaos, neighborhoods run over in violence and drugs, kids living in
unnatural surrounds and a lack of understanding of the natural world. Americans spend $100 billion annually in drug
money and more in booze money to get out of their heads into an altered state
of mind, i.e., stoned or drunk. Why?
notice that cities house the most people seeing the most marriage counselors,
shrinks and, at the same time, consuming the most pills such as Excedrin, Aleve,
Prozac, Vicadin and aspirin. Can that
reflect their ‘quality of life’?
“As we approach the new millennium, we see how much remains
to be done to give our young and future generations a better world to live in:
a more peaceful society with a healthier, cleaner environment and a pattern of
sustainable development which seeks to eradicate poverty. Education is the
single most powerful means to improve the quality of life... the single most
powerful weapon against poverty and intolerance. Education builds a culture of
peace ... it empowers human beings, both young and adult, to be effective in
their chosen sphere of activity ... education in its essence, opens doors to
both personal and social development.” Federico Mayor
adding 100 million people to the United States, does anyone think we can create
a better quality of life for any of our citizens? How about the animals? How about personal freedom?
hope you’re asking these questions because I’m not seeing any positive answers
when you consider that two out of every three Americans suffer overweight or
downright obesity. Can that condition
be a ‘quality of life’ or a gross lack of quality of life brought about by city
living or just living in this ‘fast food’ society?
many people get lost in their lives without connections because of the pace and
speed of life in the US today? How many
work jobs that enhance their quality of life? How many hate their jobs or live a daily mental
or spiritual death in their jobs? Can we afford to watch our children grow
obese, watch more illiteracy manifest as kids drop out of our schools?
NBC anchor Brian Williams, June 2009, reported that 1.2
million teens hit America’s streets every June unable to read or write.
Detroit, Michigan epitomizes this country’s educational dilemma: 76
percent dropout/flunkout rate. Dozens of cities across the country suffer
50 to 60 percent dropout rates. CNN reported on August 30, 2010, “7,000
American high school students drop out every day; one every 26 seconds.”
Can we add that up as the American Dream and the American
Quality of Life? As we add another 100
million, can we ever catch up to and solve our problems in our civilization.
I venture to shout an unequivocal “No!” We need to change course toward a stable,
sustainable and viable society. And
In a five minute astoundingly
simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration,
Poverty, and Gum Balls
”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of
unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future
generations: in a word “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
If 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.
These 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:
This is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.org
; 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 positive change.
Must 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:
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