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* The World Commission on Environment definition of sustainability: A sustainable society is one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


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IS THIS THE FUTURE WE HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN? © 2005

Sixteen years ago we wrote your peers of how overpopulation is the most serious problem facing our civilization. The United Nations in 1994 unanimously agreed to this fact. Since many nations didn’t address the predictions, and now the end point of the planet’s sustainability** has been reached, we are appealing to you as a member of the new generation of concerned citizens to help address this most urgent problem. (See population graph in our home page and supporting data)

The threat of our very existence is not war, AIDS, drugs or terrorism. Overpopulation is at the root of unemployment, hunger, crime, drugs, family disintegration, and war. Top scientists predict that at the present population growth, the environment will become uninhabitable in a 100 years will irreparably strip the world of its replenishable supplies as we have already started to eat “tomorrow’s seeds.”

Long ago, in towns and farms across the land, work was plentiful. Fathers provided for their families so wives stayed home to nurture their children, their children, elders and sick. There was time to spend time with the family, where their emotional needs were met, thus crime and drugs were minor. The needy had the assistance of the community for they all knew each other. Since there was much manual labor, many hands were needed, thus large families were the norm. Then, love respect and neighborliness ruled.

The advent of the industrial revolution decreased the need for able hands, but as populations enlarged, competition for jobs, food and shelter grew. In order to make ends meet, women had to join the work force. Now the world has grown competitive and cold where the survival of the fittest rules. The following are symptoms of overpopulation. Today, after work, spouses often come home emotionally and physically drained, so arguments erupt more often; spouses do not have much time for themselves or their family. In 2004 divorce rate in the USA is over 40%. Infanticide is the number one cause of children’s violent death in the USA. In Japan, male suicide is up 105% since 1970. Competitiveness is turning many to drugs or alcohol to ease life’s pressures. Overpopulation is destroying the very fabric that gives humans their dignity and worth.

Parents, teachers and society often have little time to give thus it is easier to give material objects than one’s time. It is no surprise that materialism is replacing the human touch. As a result, new generations equate succes and rewards in material terms. But materialism is not fulfilling the human warmth. Some children and spouses craving human affection not finding it at, home often seek it elsewhere. In the USA, 34% of new mothers are unmarried. Sex is experienced by many in search of love or as a release for stress. This phenomenon was clearly seen after World War II resulting in the Baby Boom, and everywhere now, sex is marketed as exciting and glamorous.

In 1800, the world’s population was about 1.3 billion, now 6.3 billion. The USA had 5 million people in 1800, in 2005 it reports 290.8 million. The growing numbers have not been substantially affected by wars, catastrophes, disease, or natural deaths. The numbers show the growing problem: 6 million children die annually from malnutrition, while about 80 million more are born each year. Since 1990, 40 million people have been added to the list of moderate poverty*, making their total above 2.7 billion.

In order to subsist, many farmers are over-tilling and overgrazing the land. Thousands of acres are being claimed daily for housing, mining, logging, farming, driving wildlife and plant varieties to extinction. Pollution from daily living, agriculture and industry is poisoning the fields, atmosphere and water, destroying the very essence of life. This is causing global warming, bringing more torrential floods, droughts, mudslides, forest fires and storms, creating deserts at an irreparable pace. If things are so obvious now, how can we hope for improvement if we continue adding our population? Scientific figures show the planet can sustain** only 6 billion people. Now we are up to 6.2 billion people. This is a turning point for our planet sustainability. In the last 10 years, the exponential population growth has slightly slowed down to 1.2%. This not due to improving or better access to family planning or improving economies, but due to growing food and water shortages, increasing disease and poverty in spite of better medical care due to increasing poverty. The stress is already touching even the most powerful economies. Now, in the USA, one out of every fifth child goes to bed hungry and so do 800 million people worldwide.

Economic pressure from overpopulation is causing some to debase themselves in order to subsist; thus crime grows, and some countries turn to war for their dwindling supplies. To bring a child to this world where there is not enough for its subsistence is irresponsible and immoral. The SOLUTION requires conservation, education, and family planning, not abortion or wars. IT IS STILL POSSIBLE to reach a sustainable future if ALL NEW families have no more than one or maximum two children, and if we become good stewards of this land. It is unconscionable to see how some of our leaders will not warn or take steps to address this problem. Let us work together as a world family, above politics and greed, so our children have a hopeful future. A world where under a clear sky they can gaze at green pastures and crystalline lakes, where the song of birds and perfume of wild flowers bring joy to their hearts. A world where they can live with dignity and peace.

* The World Bank defines moderate poverty as living on $1 to $2 US a day.
** The World Commission on Environment definition of sustainability: A sustainable society is one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
FOR PRACTICAL ETHICAL SOLUTIONS, and details, read: Wealth Hunger and Peace.

This web site update 11-2011

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Comments about this page:

Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Prize Winner -Peace 1970 "I agree with you one hundred percent that overpopulation is the root of hunger, crime, drugs, joblessness, family disintegration and adverse impact on the environment...I have tried to call the world ’s attention to the "population monster," as I call it. I did so also I accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970"  I compliment you on this fine article. It is the most comprehensive down-to earth article that I have on this complex series of interrelated issues that will affect the future of civilization.
Linus Pauling, Nobel Price Winner -Chemistry 1954,Nobel Prize Winner -Peace 1962 "It is surely fine that you are working on the population problem …I write a book years ago that was essentially on the population problem, and I have continued to work along these lines."
Reverent Desmond M.Tutu, Nobel Prize Winner -Peace 1984 "I am very interested in the subject but the problem of population explosion is fraught with serious political problems, such as here in South Africa."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Noble Prize Winner Peace 1997 "Do not worry -God is still in charge -through this work of your heart you may grow in holiness"
Bill Clinton
, President of the United States, "The issue of overpopulation is an important matter that certainly needs to be evaluated."
Amata Kabua, President of the Marshall Islands (1989)"I have viewed this problem with much the same alarm as you, for the land area of my island nation is quite small and limited, and at this time our population is greater than ever before in history."
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of Iceland (1989)
"Although Iceland is one of the rather few nations in the world where overpopulation is not a problem, we are aware of the threat overpopulation is the global ecosystem, especially when it comes to dumping waste into the sea, since fish is our main livelihood."

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Dr.   Gabriela Kaplan, MD, President           Medical Doctor, Neuroradiology and Imaging, (USA)
Dr.   Araceli Aulestia, DDS                             DDS, I.N.S.T.R.A.W.,U.N. for Entity for Gender Equality (Ecuador)
Sta.  Nalda Bustamante                                    Ministerio de Educacion, U.N.F.P.A., technical Advisor, (Ecuador)

Dr.    Benjamin Gentin, MD                             Medical Doctor, Internal Medicine, (South Africa)
Dr .   Charles Grace, Esq.                                Engineer, Intellectual Property Attorney  (USA)
Mrs  Vilhelmina Sluvko                                  Govt. Dept. of Health-Environment, Senior Specialist, (Latvia)
Mr.   Alex Svistoonof                                         Investments and Finance, (USA)
Dr.    Javier Vasquez, MD                                 Medical Doctor, Pediatric Psychiatry, (Peru)
Dr.    Abdon Villalba,MD                                  Medical Doctor, Adult Psychiatry, Poeple to People Alumnus (Argentina)
Mrs. Sylvia Wachner                                        Business Administration, Project Manager,  Organic Agriculture, (Brazil)

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Fr.Stanislaw Chapievski, S.J.                         Education, Polapoland Tatrzanaka Gdyaiand, (Poland)
Prof. Jean Claude Kaplan, MD                       Medical Doctor, Molecular biology-biochemistry I.N.S.R.M.,(France)
Mr. Josphat Ngonyo                                          Director Africa Network Animal Welfare, UN FAO Editor,Wildlife  (Kenya)

Prof. David Pimentel                                        Ecology, Entomology. Cornell University , (USA)
Dr. Bill Ryerson                                                Biologist.  Post Carbon Fellow, Yale University, (USA)

 

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INFANT MORTALITY AND MOTHER'S MILK:www.lalecheleague.org/
VIDEO SOURCE OF POPULATION PROBLEMS AT www.nationalgeographic.com/eye
UN INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY:
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WORLD FOSSIL FUEL AVAILABLILTY: SEE BOOK: ENERGY AND POWER BY W.H. Freeman
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