Part 3: Destructive momentum, can enlightened
environmentalist overcome global pollution, climate destabilization, species
William R. Catton, author of Overshoot,
explains that humanity exceeded the carrying capacity of the planet decades
ago. Our species lives in “overshoot” or
what might be considered as borrowed time.
“Human actions have been undoing much of what the
biosphere offers to make this planet suitable to support a quality of human
life,” said Catton. “A growing number of
humans, equipped with resource-ravenous technology, have exploited a widening
array of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable. Ideas about
limits are now vital.”
Humanity’s Final Chapter by Christopher O. Clugston
destruction and exhaustion of non-renewable resources. We rapidly exhaust the metals, minerals and
materials that run our computers, cell phones, batteries, solar panels and
thousands of other products. As we
humans continue exploding our number by 80 million annually net gain, Mother
Earth cannot cope with endless mining of her resources. She will run out at
Unfortunately, as we accelerate our human numbers,
we not only exhaust Earth’s resources, we impact the environment, water
supplies and food available for the other creatures that share this planet with
(What happens when grizzly bears suffer extinction
from human overpopulation and expansion into their habitat?)
Catton understood in 1980 when he wrote his book, “I
was already concerned that the 4.5 billion of us were seriously damaging
Earth. In woeful ecological ignorance,
we were failing to see the tire destiny toward which we were/are racing. We need to know that we were living by a
cornucopian myth, namely the euphoric belief in limitless resources; we needed
to understand that by so living we were drawing down on Earth’s non-renewable
resources and using the renewable resources faster than their rates of
replenishment—so were stealing from posterity. We needed to overcome the
wishful thinking that for all consequent problems there would be a
technological fix. We needed to know
that we have grown beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity.”
Since that book and those words by Catton, we added
another 2.5 billion people to reach our astounding 7.1 billion people
scavenging this planet’s limited resources.
In Life on the Brink: Environmentalists
Confront Overpopulation by Professor Philip Cafaro of Colorado State
University and Professor Eileen Crist of Virginia Tech, we find the top authors
and scientists in the world attempting to alert humanity to its impending
future viability on this planet. They
learned from Catton’s knowledge and they educate the reader as to what the
other creatures of the planet face as we maintain our breakneck speed of human
What do we
humans hope to accomplish as we continue the “Sixth Extinction Session” upon
the other creatures sharing our planet home?
How will we feel when the last Bengal tiger vanishes? Its passing will be more catastrophic than
the Carrier Pigeon’s demise. But what
happens when the last grizzly bear gives up living on this planet? How about the last bald eagle?
brings those realities to your front door step.
Right now, in America, where we pretend to push for Environmental
Protection and care for National Parks and care of other species—we grow our
numbers and promote the extinction of
250 creatures annually, 2,500 per decade according to the Department of
100 million of us within 25 years and what do you expect to happen? How many more extinct North American animals?
point, we humans must figure out how to stabilize our numbers so our fellow
creatures stand a chance for their own numbers.
“The American people today
are involved in warfare more deadly than the war in Vietnam, but few of them
seem aware of it and even fewer of them are doing anything about it. This is a
war that is being waged against the American environment, against our lands,
air, and water, which are the basis of that environment.” Norman Cousins (1915-1990)
against the animals living in North America and around the world. It’s a war that we most certainly will lose
on many levels, i.e., spiritually, esthetically and romantically.
said it best, “How many hearts with warm red blood in them are beating under
cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining? A multitude of
animal people, intimately related to us, but whose lives we know almost
nothing, are as busy about their own affairs as we are about ours.”
about time to read this book, become aware of their danger and take action to
change human fecundity and population to come into balance with all of nature?
Actually, we must take action before Mother Nature takes action upon
humanity. We enjoy a choice in 2013, but
most certainly at some future date, we will lose that choice.
Part 4: Dr.
Albert Bartlett shows us our folly on overpopulation
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Authors: Philip Cafaro, Eileen Crist
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 on his latest book: 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