Species Can Get Away With This
Each year, the United States adds 3.1 million people, net gain, to its current 315.5 million population. In 1963, America featured a manageable 194 million people. American women averaged 2.03 children each. We citizens chose to stabilize our population based on our water, energy, resources, quality of life and standard of living needs. Our population would have leveled out at 255 million by 1990. However, our U.S. Congress decided to import over 100 million immigrants and their subsequent children from 1965 to 2007. Currently, we gallop along the path to add another 100 million by 2035 and 138 million to reach 438 million by 2050.
In 2013, cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, New York, Houston and many more feature horrific traffic congestion, toxic air pollution, crippling environmental problems and loss of quality of life. Infrastructure crumbles, massive unemployment prevails, poverty swells and no one can figure out how to solve our enormous problems.
(Do you think the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia or any country can solve their traffic gridlock by adding greater population via endless immigration? Will those countries be able to solve their toxic brown cloud air pollution? What is the obvious answer?) Photo by, www.123rf.com , free stock photography
Nonetheless, Congress imports another 100,000 immigrants every 30 days. They arrive from already overloaded countries around the world. Note: they come from the 80 million added people annually around the globe. They, in turn, birth 900,000 babies annually. (Source: Dr. Steven Camorata, www.cis.org) Thus, the United States adds, from population momentum, immigration and birthrates—3.1 million annually. (Source: US Population Projections by Fogel/Martin, PEW Research Center)
Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained
What did Dr. Bartlett mean by the statement: “Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained”? What does he mean by “exponential growth”?
Exponential growth means that some quantity grows by a fixed percentage rate from one year to the next. A handy formula for calculating the doubling time for exponential growth: a survey of Boulder, Colorado residents about the optimal size for growth returned a result that most residents thought that a growth in population at the rate of 10% per year was desirable.
Ten percent year may not seem innocuous but let's see how these numbers would add up:
So in seven years, the population doubles and by then 10,000 new residents per year move to Boulder. (or any city) Exponential growth, in general, is not understood by the public. If exponential use of a resource is not accounted for in planning - disaster will happen, i.e. water shortages, energy depletion and resource exhaustion. The difference between linear growth and exponential growth is astonishing.
(Eventually, even Boulder, Colorado will sport traffic like this with exponential growth. Pretty stupid wouldn’t you say?) Photo by, www.123rf.com , free stock photography
The residents of Easter Island, after they pursued exponential growth for decades, collapsed and caused the extinction of their entire civilization. In other words, they ate themselves out of house and home. Every civilization faces the same fate if it continues exponential growth.
Unfortunately, in 2013, the United States heads down the exact same path as Easter Island. Grow, grow, grow! No Plan A, no Plan B, no reasonable understanding of its predicament! A small percentage of power elites that lead our country lack any conceptual understanding of “exponential growth.” Thus, they encourage ever greater population growth. Millions of American citizens ride in the same boat and espouse endless population growth—as if the problems we already face can be solved by such arrogance and stupidity.Dr. Bartlett also said, ““Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases of population, locally, nationally, or globally?”
Can you? Can anyone? Answer: no! We cannot clear up the toxic brown clouds hovering above our cities by adding more people, more cars and more exhaust chimneys to those cities. We cannot solve the acid rain or acidification of our oceans by adding more people, homes and cars. We cannot create more fresh water for the seven states now experiencing droughts and low water supplies by doubling their populations. Georgia and Florida already suffer water shortages, but expect to double their populations by mid century. We cannot grow more food when every added American destroys 25.4 acres of arable land, which grows our food, to support that person once they arrive in this country—called “ecological footprint.” (Source: www.allspecies.org)
(Why are we humans doing this to ourselves? Why do we pursue “exponential growth” with a vengeance? When will our citizens speak up and force our leaders to address human overpopulation in America and around the world? Contacts for you at the end of this column.) Photo by, www.123rf.com , free stock photography
Dr. Bartlett said, “No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.”
So what are we doing to ourselves as a species? At present, we race along making a pact with the “devil” in what we call a Faustian Bargain or, we keep adding people and burning up our resources for the luxury of the moment; as if tomorrow will never come. When tomorrow eventually arrives, we shall face a Hobson’s Choice. You won’t like his choice! We will have exacerbated our situation to the point that only two choices remain available: we get to choose Door A which, when we step through it, we plummet over a cliff. Door B allows us to fall into quicksand with no lifeguards. In other words, our civilization faces collapse and we’re all screwed with no choices.
(Aren’t cities like this getting to be beyond ridiculous? At what point do we stop growing cities past 36 million concrete entombed human souls? When do we grab our humanity back?) Photo by, www.123rf.com , free stock photography
As Dr. Bartlett said, “The law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.” The Law of Gravity gives you an idea of what it’s like to fall over a cliff with no parachute. At some point, the United States faces the inevitable consequences of Dr. Bartlett’s rendition of “exponential growth.” Too damned bad we weren’t listening.
# 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_embedded
“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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muw22wTePqQ
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- www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTWduFB_RX0
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: www.upnorthmedia.org/watchupnorthtv.asp?SDBFid=1631
Tomorrow's Americaproject on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning. Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURNwww.tomorrowsamerica.com DC: 202-258-4887 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America's predicament. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.starbrightmediacorp.com www.tomorrowsamerica.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
One planet, one child: http://www.worldpopulationbalance.org/content/one-planet-onechild
=================================================== 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: www.skil.org
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
Peak Everything: Facing a century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Plan B, 4.0, Saving Civilization by Lester Brown
The Population Fix by Charles 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
Live well, laugh often, celebrate daily and enjoy the ride,
6 Continent world bicycle traveler
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