Part 9: Plastic onslaught of our streams, river, lakes and oceans; deadly, ugly, immoral
“Plastics will prove the worst, most insidious invention of humanity. Plastics kill everything and anything in their path on all four corners of the planet. Plastics kill without violence, without warning and without provocation. Plastics float, sink and never break down. Of all of humanity’s folly on this green planet, plastics take the trophy for man’s inhumanity to all other life on Earth.” FHW
Part 9 of this series cannot help but sicken your sense of humanity’s moral and ethical decay on this planet. Not to mention its outright denial of reality. This plastic onslaught stands alone as the worst invasion ever perpetrated on all other creatures on Earth. While I respond to many religiously righteous people and many people who think they know what they talk about—I am chagrined at the arrogance of those who defend unlimited human growth in the face of our accelerating carnage, slaughter and butchery of the natural world around the planet.
Marco Torres, March 26, 2013, wrote in www.PreventDisease.com :
“Overpopulation is a radical and dangerous myth promoted by elite and
international societies. The unproven notion, as Malthus believed, that higher
wages and welfare should be withheld from the great unwashed because he
believed that these two factors would allow the poor to survive and
exponentially breed, thus compounding the overpopulation problem.
“Overpopulation is a misnomer. A problem that exists only in dramatically erroneous theories that are not mathematically based. It is simply one of the most flawed concepts right up there with global warming. The theories are based on myths, not science or accurate statistical correlations or causation principles.”
In reality, Malthus said, ““The power of population is so superior to the power of earth to produce subsistence to humanity that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.”
Those of us that possess greater understanding can only shake our heads at the insanity of humanity’s folly. To take Malthus several steps further into the accelerating nightmare of overpopulation on this planet—let us address the 80,000 human made chemicals our species injects into the land, air and water 24/7. How does Torres speak to that nasty reality? Answer: he ignores it. How about the most insidious aspect of humanity’s inventions—plastics? Torres ducks out along with all pro-growth advocates. They never deal with the undercurrent of human devastation on this planet.
(Trillions of pieces of plastic float or sink in all the oceans of the world. Those pieces of plastic may be the size of a pin head (nurdles) or the length of a football field as in drift nets. They kill when eaten or they kill when fed to youngsters. They kill with no mercy and they kill 24/7. The invention of plastics will prove humanity’s greatest curse upon the natural world.) Photography by Greenpeace
This Part 9 of the series may sicken
you even more than usual. The 10 minute
video below illustrates the deadly reach of humanity as its plastics attack the
bird life on Midway Island, seemingly so far away from human encroachment, that
such an onslaught of human-made rubbish couldn’t reach it. But it does, and the avian and marine life
suffer excruciating deaths from having their guts loaded with every form of
plastic tossed out into the oceans without any responsibility whatsoever.
Now that you’ve seen this sickening video of our disregard of the natural world, how do we account for ourselves as a species? How do we change this ugly, nasty and deadly assault on Mother Nature?
You saw the lethal plastics invading the guts of the birds, but what about below the ocean waters? Let me tell you with my 50 years of scuba diving around the planet, it’s even more deadly. We kill off 100 million sharks annually for the past 25 years—documented by Julia Whitty in OneEarth Magazine. The carnage below the water equals anything and more above the water.
(Golf balls found in the ocean spell out “trash” and the rest of the detritus represents a tiny, tiny fraction of the amount of plastic trash discarded into our oceans and washed up on shore. It will take millions of years after the human race departs the planet for all our crap to degrade. In the meantime, it will continue killing millions of unsuspecting species.) Photography by Greenpeace
Turtles eat Styrofoam so much so; they cannot submerge to find their food. Dolphins and whales get caught up in drift nets to the point of strangulation, suffocation and horrible deaths. The tiny plastic pellets (nurdles) by the billions upon billions now infect the ocean food chain. Even that horror cannot be seen in the film, but it operates everywhere in the oceans.Almost 10 years ago, the popular TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey exposed the 100 million ton plastic floating garbage patch the size of Texas desecrating an area of the Pacific Ocean. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” covers all other oceans of the world with an average of 46,000 plastic bottles and debris floating on every square mile of ocean water. That plastic kills millions of creatures above and below the surface.
Did the world press come to the rescue? Did the president of the United States and leaders of all other countries in the world call for a world .25 cent deposit/return law to stop the deluge of plastics entering our natural world? Did ordinary citizens take action to make it happen in free countries? Did Pepsi, Coke, Coors, Budweiser, Kentucky Bourbon, KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Chipotle’s, Pizza Hut, Toys R US and other top beverage and plastic-selling companies stand up to demand deposit/return laws for all their products. Did CEOs of Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Kroger, Publix, King Soopers and Safeway make any attempt to stop plastics from entering the natural world?
Answer: not a single damned pathetic one of them stood up to promote a plan to stop the destruction of our oceans. In fact, I know one of them personally, Peter Coors of Coors Brewing in Golden, Colorado where I live. He personally used his millions to defeat container-deposit laws in Colorado in 1974 and 1988. I asked him why? He said to me in a letter, “It’s only an 8 percent waste stream….”
When you take 8 percent and apply it to trillions of plastic containers, you come up with the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” I call Peter Coors a “pretend environmentalist.”
(In third world countries, people toss everything as if they still lived in the Stone Age. They walk in it, through it and throw more into it. Don’t laugh, Americans, Canadians, Europeans and Australians all toss their trash into the oceans, along roadsides, in parks, in rivers, in lakes and into streams. The human race as a whole proves itself pretty pathetic.) Photography by Zuma Press
Thus, the onslaught of our oceans rips at the foundation of all of life. To think that we stand ready to add another 3.1 billion of our kind within 37 years. And guys like Marco Torres tell us that human overpopulation remains a myth, a charade and a misnomer. To that, I conclude he continues breathing but remains “intellectually vacant.”
If you would like to make a difference, please join these organizations for the most effective collective action you can take: www.CapsWeb.org ; www.NumbersUSA.org ; www.TheSocialContract.com ; www.Fairus.org
Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning Zone at 650 AM, www.KGAB.com, Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest commentaries about issues facing America. You may stream the show on your computer. You may call in at: 1-888-503-6500.
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
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: 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 ; 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
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Alexandra Paul talks about human overpopulation and saving our world by all women having 1 child only:
One planet, one child:
We must come to terms with birth control and stabilizing human population. This three minute video brings the terror of India’s predicament up close and personal by Paul Winn of Australia:
This film will rock you: MOTHER: CARING FOR 7 BILLION
Dr. Jack Alpert , www.skil.org
Too Many People Video series
How Much Degrowth is Enough? "NEW" Sept. 2012
Important books to read and educate yourself:
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, 2012
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman 2007 A scholarly research on how the Earth will fare after Homo sapiens are gone.
Man Swarm, and the Killing of Wildlife, Dave Foreman 2011 Mankind as locusts.
Take Conservation Back, Dave Foreman, 2013
The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler, what America faces when oil runs out.
Overshoot by William Catton
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Peek Everything: Facing a century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Plan B, 4.0, Saving Civilization by Lester Brown
The Population Fix by Edward C. Hartman
America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans by Frosty Wooldridge
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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