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Part 5: Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation

Book review: Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Part 7:  Impacts, plethora of people creates a paucity of wildlife
“What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? We are living in a period of mass extinction. The numbers stand at 200 species a day. That's 73,000 a year. This culture is oblivious to their passing, feels entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news.”
Lierre Keith, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet
In the news recently, U.S. Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton asked Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, the Australian Crocodile Wildlife expert, to write an essay about why animals suffer extinction on the planet.  The young lady wrote a brilliant essay about human overpopulation encroaching on animal habitat.  She noted that humans cause the “Sixth extinction session” on Earth by their rampaging growth rates.  Because America refuses to “fess up” to its own overpopulation predicament, Hillary Clinton edited any mention of the population crisis right out of Irwin’s essay.  Clinton used the power of her office to censor the fact that humanity grows like a cancer on this planet by killing the host and taking countless millions of species with it.
Without a doubt, the power of the U.S. press wields the exact same censorship of any discussion on America’s overpopulation dilemma.  No matter how evident, no matter how impactful, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX and NPR ignore, evade, avoid and suppress any mention of overpopulation in America.  It’s always “out there” in some third world country.
(Bindi Irwin standing up to Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State’s censorship of her essay on humans overpopulating the planet which causes over 100 extinctions daily across the planet and drives the “Six Extinction Session” on Earth, the largest since the last asteroid caused the “Fifth Extinction Session.”)
By reading Crist’s and Cafaro’s book, you will gain gravity of the problem.  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. 
In Chapter 6 with Leon Kolankiewicz, he nails down the harsh realities of the consequences of more people equals less wildlife.  He worked with the Peace Corps in 1988 in Honduras.
“Las Mosquitia had the lowest population density in Central America…this biological Eden contained intact ecosystems that still teemed with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, scarlet macaws, toucans, harp eagles, tapirs, peccaries, anteaters, iguanas, and manatees…all imperiled elsewhere in overpopulated, overexploited Central America…Alas, the chainsaws, axes, machetes, explosives, bulldozers, logging trucks, guns, bullets, and the humans who wield these powerful and destructive implements were encroaching rapidly.”
Those same loggers invaded the 975,000 acre Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve—without any regard as to the vengeance they took out on Mother Nature’s inner-most sanctuary.
“We discovered unchecked penetration of illegal logging roads into the Biosphere Reserve’s core zone,” said Kolankiewicz.  “With sinking hearts, we observed a defaced boundary post; behind it, within the reserve, stretched a vast clear-cut of sterile stumps where just a year earlier stood lush rainforest.”
With the clear-cutting, and I saw it with my own eyes when I bicycled through the Amazon, it’s ugly to see the land raped bare. It’s horrific to understand that all those creatures in the trees and the land watched their homes, habitat and food sources vanish under the ripping power of chainsaws.
Overhead view of clear-cutting for slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon
(Section of clear cutting of Amazon rainforest by illegal loggers. The rainforests that create the weather patterns for the Western Hemisphere are losing 1.5 acres every second to clear cutting and burning.  Purpose: to create more farming land for human food crops. Ironically, those rainforests are grown on sand dunes with scant top soil. The land becomes useless very quickly as the forests vanish.) Photo by www.Mongabay.com .
Kolankiewiz uses his deep travel experiences along with his scientific connections to educate the reader as to humanity’s impending consequences.  He speaks clearly and concisely. 
(Clear cutting creates sediment runoff that destroys rivers and fish populations.) Photo by www.TheNaturalWorld.com
“Globally, the situation is just as grim,” Kolankiewiz said. “In a dismal 2010 report card based on 31 indicators, the journal Science reported that the “rate of bio-diversity loss” does not appear to be slowing.  Eminent biologists and authors like Jared Diamond and E.O.Wilson, and Norman Myers all agree that population growth and the forces it multiplies or unleashes on the landscape are devastating biodiversity.  Diamond refers to an “Evil Quartet” of habitat destruction, fragmentation, overharvesting and introduced species.”
Since we humans exploded to 7.1 billion within 100 years, we and the rest of life on this planet cannot afford another 100 years of our population exponential growth.  As Wilson called it, “our reproductive folly.”
The late Donella Meadows, author of The Limits to Growth, said, “Our species is unique, because here and now only we have the ability to destroy or save our biodiversity.  Only we have the ability to care one way or the other.  The destiny of all living things is in our hands.  Will we crush them or let them be wild and free?  Limiting human population will not guarantee success, but not doing so means certain failure [for all wild life on this planet.]”
Reading this book will sober you, make you cry, hurt your feelings and in the end, hopefully, call you to action.  It’s in your hands to make a difference. The worst decision you can make is to think that you can do so little that you do nothing at all.
You can join these organizations or create similar organizations in your own countries to stop human population overload. 
Part 8: Global human footprint on biodiversity
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Authors: Philip Cafaro, Eileen Crist
Publisher: The University of Georgia Press, www.ugapress.org
ISBN: 978-0-8203-4385-3
Price: $24.95  www.amazon.com
Alexandra Paul talks about human overpopulation and saving our world by all women having 1 child only: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNxctzyNxC0
This film will rock you:   MOTHER: CARING FOR 7 BILLION  
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  change.
Visit www.TheSocialContract.com for the best information on what we face as a civilization as to overpopulation, energy, immigration and much more.
Canada www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; in Australia www.population.org.au andPublicPopForum@yahoogroups.com; in Great Britain www.populationmatters.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.   In Florida, www.flimen.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
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 ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
Trailer to his latest movie on overpopulation:  http://youtu.be/KLWxWOcUrVc
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's Americaproject on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURNwww.tomorrowsamerica.com
DC: 202-258-4887
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
Too Many People Video series
How Much Degrowth is Enough?       "NEW"                  Sept. 2012
Overpopulation Means Civilization Collapse                    Aug. 2011
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 facing America: what to do about it.”  www.frostywooldridge.com .  His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click:  www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com
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Comment by PureTrust
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Frosty, I love your series title, "Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation." We finally have found something that we can agree upon. The first line in the brief intro, "We are living in a period of mass extinction." That's what we agree on.

It's true. All different kinds of species are dying out. And did you notice that as they die out, the numbers of people are increasing? Oh yes. That's what your series is all about. But don't be afraid. Almost all the people that were around 100 years ago have died out in the beginnings of this mass extinction. And all the billions of people living right now are going to make this mass extinction even larger in the next hundred years.

Are you and I going to be around to see what it will be like 100 years from now? Who really knows? But if the past is any indicator of the future, we won't be.

You kind of don't make any sense, Frosty. Why are you so worried about mass extinction? Are you afraid that somebody might die? Yet, you would like to get rid of some of the people so that, that, that what? So that they don't die?

Are you afraid that some of the animals are going to die? They all die. And most of them do not live as long as people. So, what's your big point that you are pushing this mass extinction info at us all the time for?

Oh I get it. If you can help people to really become scared, they just might run to Government or Big Business for help. Then you can siphon some funds out of Government or Big Business and live a little more comfortably in your miserable, mass extincted life, at the expense of a whole lot of fearful little people.

Yeah, but that's only half of it. The other half is that you want to prove that man can do it without God. Man without God doesn't have a clue.

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