book review: Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife by Dave Foreman
1: Humans devastating habitat and poisoning it
Bible said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it and
dominion over all living things on land and in the seas.”
the time of the Bible’s inception by a desert tribe known as the Jews in the
Middle East, less than 100 million human beings walked the planet, give or take
a few. Humans used nets and spears to subdue fish, fowl and beasts.
2013, as the human race thunders toward adding another three billion of itsalready
prolific numbers to reach 10 billion by mid century—37 scant years from
now, thousands of scientists have warned of our impending predicament. Nonetheless,
we human earthlings plunder oceans, seas, air, land and water.
the same time, starvation stalks humans in Somalia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Congo,
Sudan and India. Over 18 million human beings die of starvation annually around
the globe. (Source: World Health Organization, UN Population stats)
what about the other “earthlings” numbering perhaps 30 million separate species
around the globe? What about their plight as humans maraud this planet by
mercilessly killing habitat and poisoning the oceans?
many species suffer extinction daily around the planet? Dr. Norman Myers,Oxford
University, United Kingdom, substantiates 80 to 100 species end their time
on this planet every day via human habitat encroachment. Humans kill species
at such a prolific rate that it is deemed the “Sixth Extinction Session.”
The first five sessions arrived as ice ages, meteors and other deadly
University biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson said, “The worst thing that will probably
happen—in fact is already well underway—is not energy depletion, economic
collapse, conventional war, or the expansion of totalitarian governments.
As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired
in a few generations. The one process now going on that will take millions
of years to correct is loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction
of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely
to forgive us.”
time environmental activist Dave Foreman wrote a penetrating and compelling book:
Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife.
This book cannot be dismissed. It cannot be ignored. It cannot be
put down once started. Foreman shows the unraveling the wild world at the
hands of humanity. For anyone that thinks unlimited human growth can
continue, this book knocks out all the myths perpetrated
by economists, religious leaders and pro-growth advocates.
dedicates his book to his friend Hugh Iltis, “Whose stout heart and sharp
mind has always seen that the population explosion leads to the death of wild
things and the loss of wilderness.”
my own media battles on the population/immigration/environmental front, Ihave
had to contend with radio talk show hosts who support unlimited growth,
i.e., Ernest Hancock of www.freedomphoenix.com
television news personalities
such as Diane Sawyer and Charlie Rose will not touch the subject,but
report about the consequences—never making the connection.
like the Denver Post’s Vince Carroll remain convinced that unlimited growth creates
beneficial results. The Los Angeles Times encourages as much growth as possible
even as California chokes on its toxic air, gridlocked highways and crumbling infrastructure.
It adds 1,700 people daily and 400 vehicles. Even small town newspaper
editors like Jonathan Thompson of the High Country News advocate for unlimited
growth. Bob Shieffer of “Face the Nation” and David Gregory of “Meet the
Press” scamper away from the topic like gazelles. Every National Public Radio
host avoids the topic at all costs. Only last year did ThomasFriedman
finally write: The Earth is full.
commentary didn’t make a dent. I’ve written 100 similar
The USA adds 8,100 people net gain daily while the planet hosts another
240,000 new babies 24/7. Result: an added 80 million humans annually onan
already environmentally devastated planet in 2013.
my own work, I unequivocally state that human overpopulation in America and around
the world is the most evaded, avoided, ignored and suppressed issue of our
time. It’s also the most dangerous predicament of our time, but don’t let
that stop us from increasing our numbers at breakneck speed.
“We must alert
the world’s people to
pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of
our environmental crises—exploding population growth and wasteful consumption
of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every
environmental problem we face today.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau,
you may hear a lot about “carrying capacity”, you never hear about carrying
capacity for all the other creatures on our planet. It’s like they don’t
exist or are unimportant. Foreman loves wild things and I love them, too.
writes, “We have come on like a swarm of locusts: a wide, thick, darkling
cloud settling down like living snowflakes, smothering every stalk, every
leaf, eating away every scrap of green down to raw, bare wasting earth.
painfully straightforward. There are too many men for Earth to
are crippling Earth’s life support system by such a flood of
apes is bad news for us.”
Foreman’s book will rock your senses. It will affect your children. It will
change all life on this planet if humans continue their endless onslaught around
2: U.S. overpopulation, worldwide overpopulation, consequences,environment
Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife by Dave Foreman
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