“The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.”
Harvard scholar and biologist E.O. Wilson
Thanks to Jennie Goldie for this article from Science Daily. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090418075752.htm“Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say” April 20, 2009)
“Overpopulation is the only problem,” said Dr. Charles A. Hall, a systems ecologist. “If we had 100 million people on Earth — or better, 10 million — no others would be a problem.”
Instead, we feature 6.7 billion humans, watch the population clock add the numbers at these sites: www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org. Humans grow by a net gain of 77 million annually. But we fail to see one world leader shed a blink for humanity’s plight!
Dr. Allan P. Drew, a forest ecologist, put it this way: “Overpopulation means that we are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than we should, just because more people are doing it and this is related to overconsumption by people in general, especially in the ‘developed’ world.”
“But, whether developed or developing,” said Dr. Susan Senecah, who teaches the history of the American environmental movement, “everyone is encouraged to ‘want’ and perceive that they ‘need’ to consume beyond the planet’s ability to provide.”
While the USA faces terrific water shortages in California, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and other states—it adds 3.1 million every year on its way to 100 million added citizens in 26 years. Never mind that immigration drives the population juggernaut that causes every crisis facing Americans! Never mind the reason causing unending immigration: millions of third world migrants flee their overloaded countries to save their own lives. In the process, they overload host countries. Great Britain suffers 61 million people in a landmass the size of Oregon, but expects and added 11 million immigrants within two decades. Is that crazy or what?!
What do we face? You name it—gridlock, air pollution, bio-diversity decline, crowding, loss of quality of life, acid rain, climate change, oceans poisoned and much more.
“Experimenting with the earth’s climate and chemistry has great risks,” said Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, who invented a process for removing energy-rich sugars from wood and fermenting those sugars into ethanol. “This is a driver in climate change and loss of biodiversity and is a fundamental problem underlying our need to strive for sustainability.”
“Rounding out the top 10 issues on the ESF list are overconsumption,” said Goldie, “The need for more sustainable practices worldwide, the growing need for energy conservation, the need for humans to see themselves as part of the global ecosystem, overall carbon dioxide emissions, the need to develop ways to produce consumer products from renewable resources, and dwindling fresh water resources.