By Frosty Wooldridge
Part 18: Biodiversity and human survival
As you follow this series, I hope you understand that all of us and our children face this sobering future-IF, and only IF we allow our population to grow by an astounding 100 million people as well as the rest of the planet growing by another three billion. It’s not in the cards and it’s not a fait de compli. In other words, it’s not a done deal.
We can change it; we must change it; our offspring demand that we don’t force them into this mega-population predicament. That’s why I offer you the top websites at the end of every column. It’s up to you to take action.
I mail letters to the top TV networks to interview 32 of the finest minds in America on overpopulation, resource depletion, energy, climate change and other aspects of demographic realities. I regularly write the producers of “60 Minutes” GMA, Today Show, 2020, Frontline, Anderson Cooper and all NPR producers and hosts. Additionally, Time, Newsweek, US News, The Atlantic and many more media outlets receive my queries. Yes, they continue ignoring, evading and avoiding this issue, but they cannot continue as conditions degrade. You can join these efforts as I will give you the letters, email addresses and templates if you have the time: firstname.lastname@example.org .
In his book, Too Many People, Lindsey Grant addresses our species extinction predicament. You may find his book atwww.sevenlockspress.com and www.amazon.com. Grant is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Population Affairs.
“The recent expansion and commercialization of agriculture,” said Grant, “our alteration of forests and wetlands, our chemical assault on the biosphere, and our newfound capability for genetic manipulation-will play out in complex ways.”
Looked at another way, we mimic 4 th graders that tear apart a computer, spray it with chemicals, dump it into a vat of oil, take a hammer to its hard drive, and when we try to put it back together-we don’t have a clue. In other words, you can easily squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube, but you have no idea how to put it back into the container. When we take such destructive tendencies onto an entire planet, nothing good can come from it.
Last week, in the Associated Press, Olympia, Washington-biologists examined a grey whale that died on the beach with a large amount of garbage in its stomach: a pair of sweat pants, a golf ball, 20 plastic bags, small towels, duct tape and surgical gloves.
Does that not sicken you? It sickens me because, as a Scuba diver for 45 years, I watched the ocean bottom transform from beauty to a junk yard around the oceans and seas of the world. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, greater than the size of Texas, contains three million tons of plastic floating debris, in places 60 feet deep, that kills indiscriminately marine animals into the millions. According to ocean biologists, 46,000 pieces of plastic debris float on every square mile of the oceans. It’s beyond sickening! And yet, most states fail to engage a bottle/return deposit law to ensure return of plastic containers.
100 SPECIES SUFFER EXTINCTION WORLD WIDE EVERY DAY
Known as the “6 th Extinction Session”, humans radically kill off species by destroying their habitat at an ever increasing rate of speed-via human population expansion.
“We worry about our destruction of species, but at a rather simplistic level,” said Grant. “We don’t want to lose species we are familiar with, mostly mammals, birds, and fish. Under the Endangered Species Act, Americans go to great lengths to try to protect them. We seem incapable of understanding that we are losing their company primarily because we are usurping their environment.”
At the larger level of whales and bears that suffer diminishment, we don’t possess a clue as to the world of microbes and smaller creatures such as bees, moths and bats.
“The preservation of a healthy environment requires a much broader look at our companion species,” said Grant. “Start with honeybees. Nobody has put them on an endangered species list, because they are not approaching extinction. But they are being harmed by insecticide sprays, to the degree that it has affected the pollination of plants in some agricultural areas.”
Today, in many states, honeybees must be brought to fields to pollinate the crops. Unheard of 50 years ago! Why? No chemicals used to grow crops!
Professor Lyn Margulis said that microbes are the most important part of the biosphere in maintaining the livability of Earth systems: “If you lost the animals and plants, you might lose the speed, but you would never qualitatively lose the cycle. If you lost the microorganisms, you’d lose everything; you’d unhinge the articulations of the biosphere.”
If we allow the USA to add another 100 million, and then another 100 million on top of that-we face accelerating consequences on multiple levels. We need to change our fate by reducing our numbers, and very fast!
If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a ‘fleeting fantasy’ from the era of 1950 to 2010.
These are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to change the course of American history as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Take collective action at www.numbersusa.com ;www.fairus.org ; www.capsweb.org ; www.thesocialcontract.com ; www.populationmedia.org ;www.worldpopulationbalance.org ; www.populationconnection.org ; www.quinacrine.com ; www.familyplanning.org/ ,www.skil.org ; www.growthbusters.com ; www.populationpress.org ; www.thinkpopulation.org ;www.carryingcapacity.org ; www.balance.org ; www.controlgrowth.org ; in Canada www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; in Australia population.org.au andPublicPopForum@yahoogroups.com; in Great Britainwww.optimumpopulation.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.
Must see DVD: “Blind Spot” http://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’s Polar Bear in Bedroom: http://growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; 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 ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
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.
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715