Book review: Life on
the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Part 5: Why the silence on human overpopulation?
If you look around the United States, even in the
overcrowded, over packed and gridlocked cities of America—you won’t hear a peep
about overpopulation. Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and more cities feature
enormous brown clouds blanketing their cities with an airborne toxic soup that
every citizen breathes with every breath.
Brian Williams reports on the horrific traffic jams on the East Coast,
but he won’t mention the overpopulation factor causing them. Same with Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley, Wolf
Blitzer, Megyn Kelley, Robert Siegel and all the top anchors on all the media
All of Asia crammed into less and less space to live,
breathe, grow food and enjoy quality of life. (Source: WorldMysteries.com)
They convey that none of us should question unending growth.
It’s like a 450 pound fat man on
“Biggest Losers” TV show who can barely walk, knows he’s going to die of a
heart attack—but he decides to follow the American mantra of “Sustainable
Growth” and keeps shoving Big Macs with double cheese, French fries and a Big
Gulp down his gullet until he reaches 550 pounds and beyond.
Both his path and the United States’ path can only end up in
the same condition: human misery, suffering and ultimately collapse. But in the case of human overpopulation
around the planet, we humans destroy millions of other creatures on our own way
to our own destruction.
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.
smoke stacks filling the biosphere with enormous pollution through particles,
carbon, toxic ash, toxic chemicals and other filth. (Source: WorldMysteries.com
4, Martha Campbell asks, “Why the silence on overpopulation?”
human population is projected to reach as high as 10.5 billion,” said
Campbell. “Uganda is projected to grow
from 33.8 million to 91.3 million. Niger from 16 million to 58 million, and
Afghanistan from 29 million to 73 million.”
nothing! India adds 11 million net gain
annually to its 1.2 billion in 2013 while China adds another 8 million net gain
annually. Both countries expect to explode
to 1.6 billion followed by China’s 1.55 billion. If you have watched NBC lately, Brian
Williams reports on the air pollution cover Shanghai and Beijing. He hasn’t covered the water pollution, but
the Ganges and the Yangzi Rivers feature open sewer pipes that turn into 20,000
square mile dead zones at their mouths.
How do I know? I sailed on both
rivers and the water-plastic-debris-trash-human waste made me sick to my
million, Egypt, a country that cannot feed itself in 2013 and relies on grain imports, refuses to use
birth control via Islam’s death grip on the people, and expects to hit 150
million by mid century. You cannot help
but guess their fate.
Ethiopia had 5 million, in 1950 it had 18.4 million, in 2010 it had 85 million
and is projected to reach 173 million by 2050,” said Campbell. “Their rapid population growth figures in the
decimation of nearly all of Ethiopia’s forests and consequently climate
humanity into less and less space. (Source: WorldMysteries.com )
personal note, I researched to find that Africa houses nearly 1 billion people
in 2013, but expects to reach 3.1 billion within 90 years. Can you imagine every human scavenging every
last creature on the Dark Continent for food?
Nothing will be left of all those wonderful creatures. In 1900, Africa sported 12 million elephants.
Today, 475,000 remain and dwindling fast via poachers.
calls the subject of “population” as the “delicate” subject because it involves
sex, cultures, religions and serves inequities around the world. Such religions as Islam, Christianity,
Catholic Church, Hindus and many others don’t take kindly to birth control.
discusses the six reasons for the population “Perfect Storm” facing all life on
this planet, especially humans causing it.
birth rates fall, the sheer number of humans causes the net gain to grow the
human race via population momentum to 1 billion added every 12 years.
of water, resources, animal life, arable land and resource exhaustion
accelerate with the population momentum.
activists, religious leaders and conservative think tanks have reduced
attention to population growth.
folks think that disease like AIDS have stopped population growth. Not so!
at the Cairo debates, Rio debates, nothing occurred and no one decided to do
anything on a global level. Thus,
countries keep multiplying their citizens like bacteria in a jar. Trying to bring family planning into the
Islamic, Catholic, Hindu and other religiously dominated countries proves a
complete disaster. It’s like a mosquito trying to fly to the moon.
dominant “endless growth” paradigms of countries like Canada, America,
Australia and even Europe—maintain a death grip on any discussion of overpopulation.
Campbell said, “Use of family planning prevents
death from unintended pregnancies and from induced abortions. Children from smaller families are more
likely to enter and stay in school.”
Humans fill the Earth and water with billions of
tons of plastic trash and no end in sight as they rampage the planet. (Source: www.WorldMysteries.com
This chapter brings home the enormity of the power
of cultures and churches and corporations to squash the population
discussion. It shows that cultures and
beliefs trump and override reason, empirical evidence, common sense and logical
Thus, 10 million children and 8 million adults die
of starvation and starvation related conditions every year around the
globe. Another 18 million stand in the doorway
of death in 2013. It’s only a matter of
One philosopher said, “Humans were God’s worst
Part 6: The great backtrack
Martha Campbell asks, “Why the silence on population?”
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Authors: Philip Cafaro, Eileen Crist
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 few words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
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
for 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-
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 ;
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