America’s predicament: the 7th billion human on Earth
By Frosty Wooldridge
Today October 31, 2011, according ABC’s anchor Diane Sawyer, “The 7th billion baby will be born on Earth…probably somewhere in India. India is expected to surpass China to become the most populated country at 1.6 billion by mid century.”
Humanity adds another one billion of its species every 12 years on its way to reaching a projected high of 10.2 billion in the near future, give or take a few decades. Most Americans don’t even bat an eyelash at that number. Here in our country, we house a tiny fraction of China’s and India’s 2.5 billion humans. Even while 1.5 billion to 2.0 billion humans live in abject poverty worldwide, Americans don’t give it a second thought. So what if Somalia’s 800,000 children face imminent starvation…let’s send them $100 million in food aid and call it a day.
But as this century unfolds, the crux of that 7 on to 8 and on to 9 and further to 10 billion humans is and will create ever greater consequences. As humans cannot feed themselves, they migrate. As I have said for 30 years, they flee to America. They flood into Canada, Europe, Australia and any other country that will allow them.
“Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide [that adds 80 million net gain annually to the planet], but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all—ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.” Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates
America absorbed 100 million immigrants in the past 40 years. America will accept another 75 million immigrants within 24 years. It will add another 75 to 100 million immigrants in 50 years. Are we helping the world? You betcha! We are the exhaust safety valve for all the world’s baby production as it adds 12 billion every ten years. A child born in the USA today with 312 million of us will watch this country add another 300 million within its lifetime. Within the life time of one person, this country will need to feed 600 million hungry mouths.
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 immigration. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
For the life of me, I have seen what’s coming in my world travels, but I can’t get one American leader and I am unable to get a dozen Americans to understand that our civilization sits in the crosshairs of ultimate collapse. What we face remains the last American taboo because few understand it or believe it. Folks, this country, already plagued with crowded cities, water shortages, imported energy and severe resource depletion—faces a really bleak future. Nonetheless, not enough Americans will stand up or speak out as the world floods us with another 100 million immigrants by 2035. Here’s what it will look like in living color:
“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:
What does that mean for the United States of America? How can we mitigate our carbon footprint that destabilizes our environment? How can we halt our ecological footprint that causes mass species extinctions and ocean footprint that causes destructive extremes to our biosphere? How can we sustain ourselves while America adds another 138 million people by 2050? What consequences will our children inherit?
The biggest question: as we face water shortages, Peak Oil energy exhaustion, resource depletion, accelerating air pollution and quality of life decaying in our cities—why aren’t Americans concerned and why aren’t American leaders taking any steps toward a stable and sustainable future for all citizens and fellow creatures? Why do we think we enjoy immunity from the problems out there in Haiti, Egypt, India, Mexico and Bangladesh?
Today, the United States imports 7 out of 10 barrels of oil. In other words, we exceed our carrying capacity for energy. It’s not sustainable. Every added American equates to 25.4 acres of wilderness being destroyed to support that person known as “ecological footprint.” Take 100 million X’s 25.4 acres, which means 2.54 billion acres of land must be destroyed to support that massive addition of humans to America.
As we move into Peak Oil, it will become more costly to drill for it and even more expensive at the pump. Thus, $20 per gallon will be our reality within two decades according to researcher Chris Steiner in his book $20 Per Gallon. How will that affect our 312 million Americans as we head toward 400 million?
How will another 100 million people added to America affect our cities? As Dr. Albert Bartlett said, "Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained; you cannot sustain growth in the rates of consumption of resources. No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.”
In the past month, Americans sent $100 million in food aid to Somalia. Yet, all of Africa expects to grow from its current 1.1 billion to 3.1 billion before the end of the century. One UN expert said that environmental and food refugees will exceed 50 million within several decades. Any food aid guarantees enormously unsustainable populations that will collapse in more horrific numbers down the road.
Having seen what’s coming in my worldwide bicycle travels, I am baffled that all Americans collectively aren’t screaming at the top of their lungs about stabilizing human population across our entire civilization.
We know what causes our runaway population growth and the line grows by 80 million desperate people cascading annually into western countries around the world. “Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide, but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all—ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.” Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates
As our oceans degrade, oil depletes, soils decline and our quality of life degrades, isn’t it time for discussion, debate and action?
Lester Brown, author of Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization said, “Humans have set in motion environmental trends that are threatening civilization itself. We are crossing environmental thresholds and violating deadlines set by nature.”
I urge everyone reading this commentary, from the smartest Ph.D.s to mothers, fathers and students—engage National Public Radio, all TV Channels as well as your newspapers and radio stations to address our predicament. We cannot avoid, evade or suppress this conversation any longer. If we fail, we fail our children, and as they will find out, Mother Nature always bats last.
Will Americans stand up and speak out to stop mass immigration? My bet: we haven’t done squat in the last 10 years so I bet we won’t do squat for another 10 years. By that time, it will a fait de compli. In English, that means our country will be up to its eyeballs in unsolvable problems and impossible consequences. In other words, we’ll be on our way to looking like India—with mass poverty, hopelessness and wretched suffering on a scale unimagined in our country to date. Worse, we did it to ourselves by our own apathy and arrogance.
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 word “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 and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
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