… not disturbing that several individuals reading Freedom’s Phoenix and countless millions of Americans cannot grasp the overpopulation equation facing America. They pursue their daily tasks without understanding the ramifications of this civilization adding another 100 million people in 25 years, and doubling to 600 million people within 60 to 70 years.
The Main Stream Press and top political figures ignore, evade, avoid and suppress any conversation of overpopulation implications.
All of them wallow in their mythology that Norman Borlaug, the man who created greater crop yields, disproved Thomas Malthus’ work. Note: Borlaug only delayed the inevitable mass starvation with even greater numbers of victims. They also discount the eminent Paul Ehrlich author of The Population Bomb. I met him last weekend in Washington, DC. He’s brilliant, articulate and said, “All causes are lost causes without limiting human population.”
Again, while his timing proved off, his science remains impeccable. In fact, his predictions of 180 million starvation deaths since 1965 turned out to be 300 million. Each year 18 million humans die of starvation or related diseases—do the math!
As the world population adds 10,000 babies net gain per hour, 240,000 per day and 80 million annually, we race inextricably toward planetary disaster on multiple levels. Why? This planet cannot support nor sustain its current human numbers. Our environment breaks down all over the globe. I can name countless growing symptoms of the breakdown: species extinction of over 100 creatures daily; toxic rain and rivers acidifying the oceans, 100 million sharks being killed by humans annually, drift netting, fisheries collapsing, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean dead zones, polar caps melting, ozone destruction, 80,000 human chemicals wreaking havoc with nature, top soil erosion, toxified soils, vanishing lakes, ad nausea.
But then you hear intellectual ‘nimrods’ or what Colorado University’s Dr. Albert Bartlett calls ‘innumerates’, (intellectually credentialed persons that remain mathematically illiterate), tell us that the whole human world can live in the State of Texas. They fail to understand ‘exponential growth’ on a finite planet cannot continue. That’s a fact they avoid, evade, ignore and slither away from when confronted. I find it amusing at the most and depressing that such ‘Pope-like” paradigms still exist.
As 21st century Galileo’s, men like Bartlett, Ehrlich, Catton (author of Overshoot), Tainter (author of Why Complex Societies Collapse), Diamond, Heinberg (author of Peak Everything; facing a century of declines), Lader (author of Breeding Ourselves to Death), and dozens of others—find themselves battling people that do not know what they talk about—just like the Pope with Galileo. It’s like trying to talk reason with bullfrogs!
One look around you or a week of listening to the news illustrates our accelerating predicaments.
“We must alert and organize 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
It’s not only probable, but real that Cousteau knows a lot more about overpopulation than ‘backward dude’. Or, the cartoon ‘Malthus man’! Somehow, they pretend they possess a case. They don’t!
Today, the USA loses 250 creatures to extinction annually because of loss of habitat. One new American causes 12.6 acres to be destroyed to support him/her called ‘ecological footprint’. If we add another 100 million, that equals 1.26 billion acres of wilderness to concrete and asphalt. Creature extinction rates must rise from that equation. Our cities suffer gridlock and toxic air beyond comprehension. Quality of life sinks into the toilet.
We import 7 out of 10 barrels of oil. What happens when Peak Oil gets serious in the coming years? Food? How do you grow it when states like California add 1,700 people daily and 400 cars 24/7? (Source: www.capsweb.org)
Yet, my detractors tell you that it’s all one big misunderstanding. The whole human race can live in Texas with an acre to grow gardens.
“The ship is already starting to spin out of control. We may soon lose all chance of grabbing the wheel. Humanity faces a genuinely new situation. It is not an environmental crisis in the accepted sense. It is a crisis for the entire life-support system for our civilization and our species.” Fred Pearce, The Last Generation: How Nature Will take Her Revenge for Climate Change
Yet, the ‘innumerates’ persist just as the Pope persisted with Galileo. I don’t find it amusing that so many follow the stupidity of the Pope in the 21st century. He remains one of the advocates for unlimited population growth. No matter how much misery it creates, he promotes it. (Source: Lawrence Harrison , Underdevelopment is a State of Mind) In every country where the Pope dominates, human misery proliferates with birthrates. Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, San Salvador and elsewhere.
Can ‘thinkers’ and scientists outlast the ‘innumerates’? Can smarter, more rational minds lead us away from population growth to a stabilized and sustainable future in the USA and around the world? I hope so! Because if not, Mother Nature’s methods of birth control and family planning exceed anything you can imagine: brutal!
“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this century, will the “civil” part of civilization survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a Faustian bargain—selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid.” Walter Youngquist