- The United Nations again raised its world population
projections within 90 years to reach 10.1 billion human beings on this
already ecologically devastated planet. Humans add 10,000 babies net gain
per hour, 240,000 per day and 80 million annually. Our species adds another
1.1 billion every 13 years.
- All the while, we wreak havoc with all the other creatures
on this planet as we destroy or encroach upon their habitat. Humans drive
the "6thExtinction Session" at an astounding rate of 80 to 100
species every 24 hours. (Source: Norman Meyers, Oxford University, UK)
- Every environmental calamity facing humanity in the 21st century
stems from human overpopulation. A litany includes species extinction,
polluted biosphere, toxified oceans, climate destabilization, melting polar
caps, melting glaciers, dead zones, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, oil spills,
80,000 chemicals injected into the land, water and air 24/7, relentless
litter, tree-cutting, advancing desertification, 18 million human starvation
deaths annually and quality of life swirling the drain. On the political
front, wars for water, oil and resources escalate.
- Yet, not one world leader speaks about it. Not one U.S.
leader stands up. Not one U.S. paper will address it. No one will mention
the last taboo of the 21st century: human overpopulation.
- Nonetheless, whether humans avoid, evade or ignore the
population issue-Mother Nature continues building her defenses against
the human mob. The Four Horsemen gallop toward humanity at ever increasing
rates of speed.
- "A new UN report predicts that the world's
population will surge past 10.1 billion by the end of the century,
a forecast that would shatter earlier estimates that the number would stabilize
at about 9 billion by mid-century," said a UN spokesperson. "Much
of the population growth will occur in so-called "high fertility"
countries - in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America.
- "In Africa, where growth already threatens to overwhelm
over-stretched food and water resources, the population could more than
triple, from about 1 billion today to more than 3.6 billion. World population
is expected to pass 7 billion later this year. The report projects that
there will be 9.3 billion people by mid-century, which is 156 million more
than the group predicted in a 2008 report."
- Can anyone get a handle on Africa growing from its current
1.0 billion to a mind-numbing 3.6 billion within 90 years? How about the
USA adding another 100 million, then 200 million after that? How about
Mexico adding 40 million on its desert plateau with no water or arable
land? What about China adding another 200 million to reach 1.5 billion
while India adds 11 million annually to reach 1.6 billion in 40 years?
- Having seen the results in my worldwide bicycle travels
over the past 40 years, I am dumbfounded that the United States thinks
it's immune to what's coming. I am further dismayed that we think we will
somehow use our "Yankee ingenuity" to solve our problem without
gasoline to run those tractors to plant and harvest those crops on less
and less arable land. Don't get me started on the water scarcity aspect!
I am also astounded that America's "ecological footprint" hits
19.4 acres for each new human addition. That means within 25 years as we
add 100 million, we will destroy 1.94 billion acres of wilderness to support
that many new human additions.
- Does anyone think we will get away with this incredible
human population charade? Anyone ever hear of Easter Island? Do we think
we will magically find a way out of our predicament? Has anyone ever
seen the movie "Soylent Green" with Edward G. Robinson and Charlton
Heston? Will that be our food source? Lots of luck with that idea folks!
- A BETTER WAY BY USING OUR MINDS
- We do not have to become victims of our own fecundity!
Unlike animals that reproduce beyond their carrying capacity and ultimately
collapse their numbers through starvation-we can choose to gracefully move
toward human population stability. It's called birth control and family
- We must urge our world leaders around the globe to address
human overpopulation before we become victims. Plenty of national leaders
may lead the discussion: Dr. Albert Bartlett, Dr. John Tanton, Dr. Jack
Alpert, Dr. Diana Hull, Governor Richard D. Lamm, Lester Brown, Kathleene
Parker, Bromwell Ault, William Ryerson, David Paxson, Dr. George Colburn,
Richard Heinberg, Amanda Zackem, Aldolfo Doring, Sally Espstein, Don Collins,
Chris Clugston, Dell Erickson, Dr. Otis Graham, Dr. Steve Camarata and
many more offer the finest solutions for humanity in the 21st century.
We must engage them.
- Plan B 4.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester
Brown is a start. www.earth-policy.org
- Dr. Albert Bartlett www.albartlett.org
- William Ryerson www.populationmedia.org
- David Paxson www.worldpopulationbalance.org
- Dr. John Tanton www.TheSocialContract.com
- Richard Heinberg www.postcarbon.org
- Dr. Jack Alpert www.skil.org
- Chris Clugston www.wakeupamerika.com
- Roy Beck www.NumbersUSA.org