Frosty Wooldridge
The tragedy of accelerating millions of environmental refugees  
"In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees.”  
Every 24 hours, the planet adds a net gain of 240,000 human beings.  Within four days, humans add another 1.0 million of their kind.  Each year, another 80 million people inhabit the planet.  At the same time, another 18 million starve to death or die of starvation related diseases.
Because of exceeding carrying capacity in such regions as China, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South America, Africa and other areas"millions of refugees storm into Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States.   America grows by 8,100 people daily, or 3.1 million people annually (including 900,000 immigrant births), net gain on its way to adding 100 million by 2035"a scant 24 years from now.
Millions flood into Canada, Europe and Australia. But that won’t do it! That immigration wave won’t solve the problem as it grows by 80 million annually and 1.0 billion every 13 years.  
At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), experts said, "In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees.”
“A refugee is currently considered by the UN High Commissioner on Refugees to be a person who is fleeing persecution due to their race, religion, nationality,” said journalist Joanna Zelman of the Huffington Post. “There is no mention of the environment as a reason to flee. And yet, if you have no water from a drought, have no food due to flooding, or if your home is quite simply underwater, what other option do you have but to flee?  This is not a distant concern that can be put on the backburner, categorized by deniers as just another hyped up global warming fear. This is happening. Now.”  
As things grow worse in Africa, refugees race into Italy and Spain in boats, rafts, planes and pontoons.  Africa, at present, houses 1.0 billion people.  Demographic experts project Africa reaching 3.4 billion within 90 years. 
“There is currently a drastic increase in migrants flooding Southern Europe. Why? Food shortages have a lot to do with it,” said Karin Zeitvogel of the AFP.
Professor Ewen Todd said, "Already, Africans are going in small droves up to Spain, Germany, but we're going to see many, many more trying to go north when food stress comes in. And it was food shortages that put the people of Tunisia and Egypt over the top."
“What do food shortages have to do with climate change?” said Zelman. “Warmer winters keep pests alive, allowing them to carry plant diseases in the spring. Greenhouse gases and air pollution affect a plant's structure, reducing its ability to defend against pests and diseases.” Heavy rainfall carries animal waste into human food, spreading even more disease. 2.2 million people die every year in developing countries from food and water-borne diseases.
“Oxford University's Norman Myers said, "These are people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with the associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty."
“The Marshall Islands are currently trying to figure out if they will remain a country when their island nation disappears underwater,” said Zelman. “They may be forced to flee even before their land is lost, due to predictions of dangerous tropical storms and rising salt levels in their drinking water. As a former U.S. trusteeship territory, Marshallese are allowed to enter the U.S. for study or work, but their right to permanent residency is unclear. Of course, come 2100, they may have to move again if the estimated 180 U.S. cities wind up underwater as well.
If you remember, one huge tsunami killed 125,000 in Bangladesh several years ago.  The big question: why are 157 million people subsisting on a piece of land the size of Iowa?  Answer: they were forced out of Pakistan and other Middle Eastern regions because of lack of land. Millions will be swept away in the next tidal wave.
Humans diddle and daddle daily as the planet continues to destabilize from their burning 84 million barrels of oil daily, millions of metric tons of natural gas burned daily and billions of tons of coal burned daily.  Check out www.350.org with Bill McKibben to see how much danger we bring upon ourselves and all living creatures with our carbon footprint.
What do we need to do?  We need to move away from fossil fuel burning and gracefully lower humanity’s numbers in order to survive the 21st century with any semblance of decency for ourselves and all other creatures sharing this planet with us.
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 word “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-
Must see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; 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
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
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Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament.
Frosty 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