Book review: Life on
the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Part 6: The great
backtrack, Dave Foreman, Man Swarm
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Unlike plagues of the dark
ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of
overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we
possess. What is lacking is not
sufficient knowledge of the solution, but the universal consciousness of the
gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.”
King stated that self-evident reality in 1966 when the
planet held 3.5 billion, but today, you
cannot help but appreciate the gravity of his words as we gallop from 7.1
billion to 10.1 billion in 37 year—by 2050.
What we lack: “universal consciousness of the gravity of the
At 1.2 billion, India suffers endless misery and population
growth by adding 11 million, net gain, annually on their way to 1.6 billion by
mid century. Their misery, starvation
and wildlife extinction rates gallop off the charts. The Bengal tigers don’t
stand a chance.
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.
chapter by Dave Foreman, author of Man
Swarm: and the killing of wildlife, we see the destruction of the natural
world in the wake of human encroachment.
What other chance does wildlife possess when the human swarm expands by
80 million more people annually?
stand a chance for existence with the onslaught of humanity as creatures die
off at 80 to 100 species daily. It’s
called: The Sixth Extinction Session and human overpopulation causes it.
If we don’t halt population growth with justice and
compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and
will leave a ravaged world. ~Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall
said, “Unlooked-for but swift, 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. It’s painfully straightforward. At 7.1 billion of us, we have overshot
Earth’s carrying capacity. The crippling
of Earth’s life support systems by such a flood of upright apes is bad news for
Foreman a year ago in Washington, DC.
Smart, really smart! Highly
intelligent, worldly intelligent! He understands
as deeply as the first environmentalist John Muir who said, “When you pick up a
rock or anything, you realize that it’s attached to the rest of the universe.”
humans, the more poverty, the less wild things.
Outlier, Foreman understands that every time you kill off a species by your own
expansion as a species, you kill off a connection to your own future and the
future of the planet. Humanity, that’s
us folks, now engages our planet in the “Sixth Extinction Session” progressing at
a rate of 80 to 100 creatures vanishing every 24 hours every day of the week.
(Source: Norman Myers, Oxford University, UK)
asks you if you want to live in a world without wild things. Can you live
without the great animals, without the great birds, the great whales, without
all the other creatures that make up this living mass of beasts on this
why we pursued the logical population question in the 60s and 70s, but
abandoned it from the 80s to the present.
“A spokesman for the Environmental Defense Fund said in a New York Times
interview in 2006 that population growth itself , “Wasn’t what was wrong, that
it was where people chose to live.” I
shook my head in disbelief. No, that’s
not true. I yelled at the paper, balled
it up in my hands, and threw it against the wall, cussing up a blue streak all
that EDF person come to the point of such ignorance or stupidity or idiocy or
all three combined? How could his “pretend
environmentalist)” brain make such a ridiculous statement?
human compaction means less and less of wild things.
statements erupt from the mouths of people in world leadership positions that
simply don’t know what they are talking about.
They perpetuate the eternal myth that the human race can continue
growing without consequences. Special
note: even in the face of mass extinctions, climate destabilization, polluted
oceans, squalid cities exploding all over the planet, droughts, mass starvation
of 18 million humans per year and more predicaments too numerous to list.
Western countries drop their fertility rates to live within their carrying
capacity, third world countries dominated by the old religions, continue to
produce that excess of 80 million people instead of using birth control. Thanks to the Catholic, Islam, Hindu and
other churches, their members gallop onward to ever greater numbers.
outrun their own countries’ ability to feed, house and water those newcomers,
they escape to First World countries where they arrive “for a better
life.” Unfortunately, that migration ensures
more baby production in the country they left behind and multiplies their
“ecological footprint” not only in their new country, but more so in their old
country with more human babies. The
vicious cycle repeats, but who loses habitat?
Catholic Church sneered at worry about population growth owing to their
gruesome belief that contraception is a sin,” said Foreman. “The ugliness of the Catholic nobility’s
damnation of birth control was laid out by the head of the Catholics for Free
Choice, Frances Kissling, in an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun. A Ugandan cardinal, Emmanuel Wamala, told
Catholics in Africa that it would be better for women to get AIDS from their
husbands than to use condoms. Kissling
said, “It was worse to lose your soul and go to hell because you used a condom
to prevent AIDS than to die of Aids.”
you the utter stupidity and disregard for all life the Catholic Church
supports. Notice those 1st
century old men thinking in 1st century terms that cannot comprehend
the fact that we live in an overpopulated 21st century. If they had
their way, we would still be forced to believe that the sun rotates around the
multiply more human beings, you multiply more human misery and you create
higher extinction rates for all wild things via habitat encroachment, pollution
and climate change.
that we have the right to have as many children as possible equals to saying we
have a right to buying as many gas-guzzling, resource destroying SUVs as
possible. If we all followed the Duggar
Family with 19 kids and counting, this planet and all its wildlife wouldn’t
stand a chance. (www.duggarfamily.com
That wife would birth another 19 if her birth canal would withstand the
onslaught. It makes you wonder if her
husband and she possess any intelligence beyond that of a pair of rabbits or
gerbils or mice.
problem. Most societies, in the face of
reality, don’t give population growth a blink.
away with, “Optimism is necessary for those who are attempting the impossible;
were they to face the dark pit of overpopulation before them, they would lose
their will to live. They would have to
come nose to nose with their madness.”
concluded, “The best beacons for the harm done by population growth are right
before our noses: wholesale extinction, wrecked and plowed wild lands, and climate
change…for the sake of the wild things we must bring down the human population
to less than two billion.” Dr. Jack
Alpert states the numbers should be less than 100 million. (www.skil.org
case, we must move the human race toward population and consumption levels that
will allow the wild things to remain with us.
Part 7: How
a plethora of people produces a paucity of wildlife
Part 6: Dave
Foreman , the Great Backtrack, Man Swarm
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
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Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by
Dr. Jack Alpert-
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Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester
Brown and panel discussion:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis
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