We might be headed toward those numbers, but we will never get there with any semblance of human dignity or environmental stability. Few humans comprehend, understand or realize the accelerating consequences to humanity and this planet by relentless human population growth. Population growth causes environmental degradation, millions of human deaths via starvation as well as endless human misery, energy depletion, water scarcity and loss of quality of life for plants, animals and humans.
"The power of population is so superior to the power of earth to produce subsistence (food) to humanity that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race." Thomas Malthus 1798
Thomas Malthus wrote: An Essay on Principle of Population. In it, he said the power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence (food) increases only in an arithmetical ratio. "A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison of the second. By the law of our nature which makes food necessary to the life of man the effects of these two unequal powers must be kept equal." In other words, human fecundity will always outstrip the planet's ability to feed endlessly growing numbers. Ultimately, a crash of the human herd must and will happen.
While today's technology kicks the can down the road, humans continue to add 1 billion of their numbers every 12 years. They won't be able to do that much longer. Population expert David M. Delaney said that Malthus was an optimist because he didn't understand "overshoot" or humans' ability to grow at fantastic rates of speed to overwhelm food resources--so they crash suddenly. Delaney said, " Malthus thought that population would approach a sustainable limit, then hover there, with many people living in poverty and misery. He did not imagine overshoot and sudden collapse. He did not understand that technology was converting mineral concentrations and much of the biosphere into windfall stocks that would stimulate rapid population growth. Now, two hundred years after Malthus, humans have multiplied their numbers far beyond any sustainable limit, and the end of the windfall stocks is in sight."
Today, according the World Health Organization, (Source: www.who.org) , 30,000 children die of starvation and starvation related diseases daily. That equals 10 million each year. Another 8 million adults die of starvation annually. That equals 18 millions succumbing to Malthusian reality.
Even in the United States of America, 37 million Americans must be fed through food banks or face starvation. One in eight Americans receives food from food banks regularly. (Source: www.feedingAmerica.org)
Yet, myopic Americans love to live in denial. They slop their pizza-laden bellies over their beltlines with an arrogance that Malthus won't happen to them or their children.
In 1965, Dr. Paul Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb to bring the human overpopulation equation to the surface. The Pope with his dominant paradigm and power--crushed Galileo in 1600 when Galileo stated that the Earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around. Today, the dominant powers in America and around the world crushed Ehrlich's scientific work.
Americans chortled, "Technology will always save us like the Green Revolution."
However, the green revolution was instigated as a result of the efforts of Norman Borlaug, who, while accepting the Nobel peace prize in 1970, said: "The green revolution has won a temporary success in man's war against hunger and deprivation; it has given man a breathing space. If fully implemented, the revolution can provide sufficient food for sustenance during the next three decades. But the frightening power of human reproduction must also be curbed; otherwise the success of the green revolution will be ephemeral only."
Green Revolution very, very temporary
Every social, environmental, energy, water and resource problem facing America today as well as the rest of the world stems from human overpopulation. You cannot get around it, slide by it, ignore it or flippantly change the subject.
At some point, Americans of all races, creeds and colors will be forced to come to terms with their own overpopulated numbers. We cannot sustain our civilization as we import 7 of 10 barrels of oil daily. Our water resources deplete as our population explodes beyond carrying capacity. We exceed "overshoot" today, but the consequences will play out tomorrow in ever harsher terms.
How will it serve you or your kids to do nothing? How can you make a difference? How can you become an example for the world? In order to educate yourself and change the course of history, visit and join www.NumbersUSA.org ; www.CapsWeb.org ; www.FAIRUS.org ; www.populationpress.org ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.populationconnection.org ; www.populatonmatters.org (UK)
Engage yourself for the future of your civilization and for your children.
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: