Americans think themselves environmentally astute. Millions recycle cans, bottles and
plastics. Millions more recycle
newspapers, cardboard boxes and oil. “Going
green” explodes across America as a 21st century passion to save our
only 30 percent of Americans recycle on a regular basis. Less than ten states offer deposit-return
laws on pop, water and beer containers.
Almost zero recycling occurs for cans and tins bought out of grocery
stores. Water conservation remains a
continues in eight and six cylinder cars and trucks as if there is no tomorrow
or Peak Oil. Smoke stacks pour billions
of tons of carbon and particulate into the air. Our carbon footprint explodes off the charts.
Rivers on most continents pour their toxic waters into our oceans.
Americans continue to “Roundup and Weed Begone” their yards by the millions of
gallons of toxins that drip into ground water reservoirs and rivers.
United States of America third fastest growing country in the world.
long time friend Joe Guzzardi, a native Californian and senior writing fellow
at California’s for Population Stabilization, www.CapsWeb.org
, brings a much more sobering view of conservation and environment in America. Please give my readers a better view on our
long term population predicament:
“Going green is all
the rage,” said Guzzardi. “Consider the environment before printing out this
email” is one of many cautionary notes office administrators sound to encourage
their employees to respect our diminishing resources. During Earth Day, more
than any other, Americans acknowledge the importance of recycling and using
alternative public transportation. On college campuses, engaged students spread
warnings about the negative long term consequences of excessive consumption.
our precious space is a challenge that requires full time attention especially
since popular culture celebrates procreation. Famous celebrities’ baby bumps
are pictured on tabloids with fawning headlines. Conversely, discussions that
stress the importance of limiting children to replacement level or lower are
family planning is considered politically incorrect, nothing is greener. The
basic science is beyond dispute: the more children born, the more toxic carbon
dioxide emissions are eventually created.
“Three years ago, the Optimum Population
Trust commissioned the London School of Economics to study childbirth and its
long term environmental impact. The report concluded that meeting the
unfulfilled birth control needs of women who indicated a desire to limit
reproduction would reduce unintended births by 72 percent and cut the projected
2050 world population by half a billion to 8.6 billion.
calculations, the LSE concluded 12 billion fewer “people-years” would be lived
and 34 gigatons of CO2 that would otherwise be generated could be saved. In
short, condoms and other safe birth control methods represent the maximum green.
“One reason so few intelligent debates
about overpopulation occur is that the mind can’t grasp the staggering numbers
at the issue’s core like billions and gigatons. To break population growth into
more digestible bites, consider California and the data contained in the 1940
and 2010 U.S Bureau of the Census reports. For natives like me who remember
California back when, the findings are stunning.
“Comparing the 1940 census to today, a
host of negatives appears obvious. Seven decades ago, only six California
cities had populations of 100,000 or more: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland,
Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. But overpopulation which is fueled in
large part by another unmentionable, over-immigration, has created 6 cities in
2010 with populations greater than 100,000. In 1940, California was the
nation’s fifth-largest state. As California approaches 40 million people, it’s
the most populated and the most adversely impacted by sprawl and pollution.
According to Forbes Magazine,
California has four of the top five dirtiest cities in America including three
in the once pristine San Joaquin Valley: Bakersfield, Modesto and Fresno.
“As a result of California’s
unsustainable population increases the Golden State, once synonymous with
unspoiled beaches, vineyards and the magnificent Sierra Nevada now has the
nation’s most densely urbanized areas.
“California ranks in the top three
nationwide when measured by population density: Los Angeles, San
Francisco/Oakland and San Jose. In Los Angeles, an average 7,000 residents live
on each square mile-—people on top of people. Even tiny Delano with its 54,000
residents ranks fourth with 5,500 humans per square mile, higher in density
than New York/Newark.
“Unchecked population growth makes every
social challenge harder to resolve. Each time a new person is added to the
existing population, the crises facing education, crime, medical care and mass
transit have fewer solutions.
“There’s good news to report, however. After
years of conservationists pounding away about limiting population, a key
demographic may finally have gotten the message.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vital Statistics
reported that the teen birthrate declined 9 percent between 2009 and 2010 to 34
births per 1,000 women ages 15-19. A CDC
spokesman called the drop “phenomenal.”
back to population stability is still uphill. But teen awareness is a first,
important step to a smaller and greener society.”
In the end,
human overpopulation continues at breakneck speed around the world and in the
United States. We remain on course to add 138 million people to the USA within
38 years. It’s not sustainable as to water, clean air, energy and
resources. Check out the follow two
videos to graphically show you where we are headed.
In a five minute
astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration,
Poverty, and Gum Balls
”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes
to see for yourself:
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
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.
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the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation,
energy, immigration and much more.
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:
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