Need To Think Like
Part 6: Quotes that make impact on America and around the world, environmental trends that threaten civilization on Earth
Lester Brown, author of Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization said, “The world has set in motion environmental trends that are threatening civilization itself. We are crossing environmental thresholds and violating deadlines set by nature. Nature is the timekeeper, but we cannot see the clock.” www.EarthPolicy.org
We human beings prove to be the most aberrant species ever evolved on planet Earth. Within 100 years, we transformed this green, ecologically balanced and thriving globe into an environmental nightmare. We created the “Six Extinction Session” whereby 80 to 100 species suffer extinction every single day of the year. We pump our fossil fuel carbon exhaust into the biosphere at such a rate of speed that our pollution acidifies the soils and oceans of the world.
Our poisoning of the biosphere’s air creates acid rain that falls upon forests, lakes and streams—wiping out their PH balance that subsequently kills other creatures, both plant and animal, indiscriminately. Our deadly, filthy injection of 80,000 human-made chemicals into the air, land and water 24/7 unwinds the very foundation of life-based DNA on this planet. Our Genetically Modified Organisms create an insurmountable and growing nightmare for Mother Nature.
(Exhausting some of the 80,000 chemicals into our oceans 24/7. We poisoned the foundation of our marine food supply with radioactive waste like Fukushima reactors exploding and pouring millions of gallons of deadly waste into the Pacific. Virtually all rivers such as the Mississippi, Yangtze, Ganges, Seine and others dump trillions of gallons of chemical waste 24/7.) Photography by www.eyeonmiami.com
As clever as we prove ourselves to be, we cannot imagine the catastrophic trends we set in motion by tinkering with Nature’s internal systems. To think that our actions will not be met with responses—proves the height of narcissistic arrogance for our species.
Already, massive die-off in our oceans as to sharks, whales, reefs and other marine life threaten the delicate balance of life on Earth. Our carbon footprint, www.350.org , usurps our weather patterns to create “Katabatic” hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy.
The ugly as well as deadly 100 million ton floating island of plastic debris the size of Texas out in the Pacific Ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” sickens the toughest mind. Add the 46,000 pieces of plastic floating on every square mile of our oceans surrounding the planet—provides ample proof that our species fails drastically in its responsibilities to fellow creatures and ultimately to ourselves. Once discovered, we know the full impact of “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and its continued existence as it kills millions upon millions of other creatures, but we have done nothing to stop adding to it. In fact, we continue adding billions of pieces of plastic junk month after month.
Journalist Lindsey Hoshaw said, “Light bulbs, bottle caps, toothbrushes, popsicle sticks, soda pop plastic bottles, water bottles and tiny pieces of plastic, each the size of a grain of rice, inhabit the Pacific garbage patch, an area of widely dispersed trash that doubles in size every decade and is now believed to be roughly twice the size of Texas. But one research organization estimates that the garbage now actually pervades the Pacific, though most of it is caught in what oceanographers call a gyre like this one — an area of heavy currents and slack winds that keep the trash swirling in a giant whirlpool.”
(Pipes like this drain chemicals into the oceans from countries all over the world. Poisoning of our oceans means poisoning of our marine life, plant and ultimately all of us. Today, a pregnant woman is advised NOT to eat more than one helping of tuna or salmon per month due to ill effects upon her fetus. With massive buildup of human population worldwide as we grow by 1 billion every 12 years, we can expect more intensified poisoning of our oceans.) Photography by www.constructionphotography.com
In this book, Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization, Lester Brown said, “The thinking that got us into this mess is not likely to get us out. We need a new mindset. Let me paraphrase a comment by environmentalist Paul Hawken, “In recognizing the enormity of the challenge facing us, he said: ‘First we need to decide what needs to be done. Them, we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.’”
Having scuba dived all over the planet in the past 50 years, I can attest that the oceans enjoyed pristine beauty up until 1960 before plastics, but today, our oceans roll in junk, plastic, metal cans, glass and trash from countless military, luxury cruise ships and pleasure crafts tossing their trash without end. Our military forces around the world use the oceans for a final toilet of chemicals. Mustard gas, radioactive wastes and the 80,000 chemicals we have created flow for a final resting place into our oceans.
(A peak at what the bottom of our oceans look like in 2013 and will get worse as the human race continues to add billions of itself in the decades to come. We need to install a 25 cent deposit-return international law to give economic incentives for people to pick up their plastic trash rather than toss it.) Photography by www.coastalcare.org
Brown speaks about the enormous consequences of adding population, “The first trend of concern is population growth. Each year there are 79 million more people at the dinner table. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of these individuals are being added in countries where soils are eroding, water tables are falling and irrigation wells are going dry. If we cannot get the brakes on population growth, we may not be able to eradicate hunger.”
That understatement provides the horror of 10 million children and 8 million adults starving to death annually in 2013. Imagine the starvation rates with the projected addition of 3.1 billion people by 2050. As human population explodes, arable land and water diminish. At some point, as Brown describes in his book, our numbers collide with the lack of water and food scarcity.
And yet, with that knowledge, India grows by 11 million, net gain, annually. Even China, with one child per woman mandates, via “population momentum” grows by 8 million annually. The USA third fastest growing country in the world, suffering water, energy and resource exhaustion, via mass immigration, adds 3.1 million annually.
No one wants, seems or cares to understand our predicaments. The science stares directly into our faces. The evidence crushes us with 18 million humans already dying off annually. The extinction rates of other creatures intensifies.
But we continue our prolific fecundity without reason, without comprehension, without thought. We grow beyond carrying capacity, beyond water supplies, beyond food supplies.
As Brown addresses in his book, he makes the point that world militaries spend $1 trillion annually. Why not spend $187 billion on his Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization?
(Think of millions of pipes like this one discharging human waste and chemicals into our oceans 24/7. It’s more than sickening. It’s disgusting, ugly, stupid, insane, irreverent and totally normal human behavior.) Photography by www.webecoist.com
He said, “The choice is ours—yours and mine. We can stay with business as usual and preside over an economy that continues to destroy its natural support systems until it destroys itself, or we can adopt Plan B and be the generations that changes direction, moving the world onto a path of sustained progress.”
Fellow humans that care about the future; we need to start thinking like a planet. We can stop plastic debris by creating 25 cent deposit-return international laws on all plastic leaving commercial stores. We can stop injecting 80,000 chemicals 24/7 by mandating laws to stop producing them. We can stop human overpopulation by educating for birth control. We can form international conferences to address human population overload and how to stop it. We can change course by using our brains, actions and ideas. Otherwise, Mother Nature bats last and she doesn’t give a crap how many humans she takes out as she romps around the bases.
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
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-
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
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 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
Live well, laugh often, celebrate daily and enjoy the ride,
6 Continent world bicycle traveler
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