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The Nature Conservancy fails to grasp reality

As a 30 year member of The Nature Conservancy, an organization that has secured millions of acres of land and habitat since 1951 by purchasing it to save it, I feel compelled to expose organization’s lack of addressing human overpopulation.  The driver and the reason for The Nature Conservancy’s efforts remains: human overpopulation.
In their latest journal, the Conservancy published their lead scientist’s article “Are there too many people in the world?”   The author Peter Kareiva shows a total disregard for addressing human overpopulation as the main driver of loss of habitat. In fact, he suffers “embarrassment” if he would address human overpopulation. 
Worse, the Conservancy refuses to publish authors and scientists that do address human overpopulation.  Mark R. Tercek, CEO, thinks that if he ignores the “population factor”, it will vanish on its own.  Reality check: it is growing worse by 80 million added humans net gain annually and 1 billion net gain every 12 years on its way from 7.1 billion to 10.1 billion and beyond by 2050—a scant 37 years from now.  Write Mark R. Tercek at magazine@tnc.org and give him a few of your own thoughts.   The article may be accessed: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2012/12/nature-conservancys-chief-scientist-pooh-poohs-population-growth/
The question remains:  how can he publish inane lead scientists who lack the common sense to address reality, but in fact, feel embarrassed to deal with the population equation?
My friend and fellow population activist, writer and filmmaker, Dave Gardner, Colorado Springs, leads www.growthbusters.org .
He replied to Kareiva’s commentary:
Dave Gardner says:
December 9, 2012 at 6:17 am
Please pardon my taking exception to much of what is written in this piece.
Most of the arguments here do not disprove the hypothesis that the world is overpopulated. The idea that we may just need to rearrange the way we live is far from scientific proof that Earth can sustain 7 billion of us. The fact that densely populated cities may be engines of innovation has nothing to do with whether the world is overpopulated. Even the fact that there were significant extinctions at times with smaller populations does not disprove the existence of overpopulation today.
So one is left to wonder exactly what the purpose of this commentary is.
While this list may not be conclusive proof, it is a pretty clear indication human numbers have reached a point that we cannot manage our affairs in a sustainable way:
Climate change
Massive species extinction
Depletion of aquifers
Rivers over-appropriated
Toxification of our freshwater
Ocean dead zones
Fisheries decline
Fertile soil depletion
Doubling of resource prices in the last decade
Continued large-scale hunger
Being embarrassed at feeling your quality of life is lower due to the number of people in your community, your state, your country, or the world, is one of the things that prevents us from dealing with the issue of overpopulation effectively. Don’t be embarrassed. If we have to give up quality of life because we are afraid to talk about overpopulation, then we will get what is coming to us.
Another is repeating the tired, completely off-the-mark mantra about who should be taken out, if indeed we are overpopulated. Those truly interested in the science, and not just interested in distracting us from the problem, know and will tell us that we can humanely, voluntarily reduce human population significantly over the next century simply by choosing to limit our own family size. Fear not; no one has to be executed.
Making contraception more accessible, giving women more equality in these decisions, and making accurate information about overpopulation available are all important ingredients. Let me repeat: making accurate information widely available. Being embarrassed and spreading disinformation are really not helpful.
Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
www.GrowthBusters.org : Hooked on Growth
The Nature Conservancy must get a grip.  The entire citizenry of the planet must get a grip. We cannot keep growing at 80 million net gain annually and hope to survive the 21st century.  Take action by joining these groups:  www.CapsWeb.org  ; www.NumbersUSA.org ; www.Fairus.Org and www.TheSocialContract.com
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:
“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
Must see DVD: "Blind Spot" 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
Visit www.populationmedia.org for up to date information on overpopulation worldwide.
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
Must see: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc

Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS; presents Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at www.growthbusters.org ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's Americaproject on
Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURNwww.tomorrowsamerica.com
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as eight times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America 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 speaks all over the United States:  How to Live a Life of Adventure:  The Art of Exploring the World. Copies at 1 888 280 7715.  Programs click: http://www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com