Mission Statement: Share practical moral solutions to assure world sustainability

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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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"We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave to the ancient enemies of man ” half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. In their resolve depends on the survival of us all. Adlai Stevenson

In our journey, mankind has not heeded these wise words and now is at a fork in the road that requires us to change course urgently to save ourselves before it is too late. (1a) ( 4, 5)

In Cairo in 1994, the United Nations unanimously agreed that overpopulation is the most serious threat civilization has faced (1).Many nations did not follow the UN resolutions so human and environmental threats have now escalated to the point that the planet's ability to sustain life has surpassed sustainable levels (2)(29a)

We are appealing to you as a member of the present generation of concerned citizens because we believe you care. The most urgent solution is to promote education regarding: family planning, health, racism, the economy, renewable energy, empowerment for women and environmental conservation(2a) This will have enormous positive implications for humanity and for the natural environment on which life depends. The threat to our very existence is not terrorism, war, viruses, drugs but dwindling natural resources and pollution due to growing human needs (3).

Overpopulation is at the root of unemployment, hunger, crime, drugs, family disintegration, terrorism, and war. Experts predict that at this rate, planet earth will become uninhabitable in 100 years unless we urgently join forces to address this situation (3a, 3b).

Long ago, in towns and farms across the lands, manual labor was plentiful, requiring families to have many children to help with work. Men provided while women stayed at home to nurture their children, the elders and the sick. There was time to spend with the family, where emotional needs were met. In those days, love and respect ruled, so crime, psychological disorders and drugs were rare. The needy could rely on the assistance of neighbors because there was a strong sense of compassion and community.

With the advent of the industrial revolution, many jobs were lost to machinery, so competition for employment became commonplace. Goods that in the past only the wealthy could afford were made accessible to many because mechanization and plentiful natural resources brought their prices down. Businesses preached "BUY, BUY, BUY! to all, ushering in an era of consumerism and competition to "keep up with the Joneses." This lifestyle prompted women to join the work force to make ends meet. Our new world has grown competitive and cold, a place where the survival of the fittest rules and charity and altruism have waned. For example, in many cities it is illegal to give food and shelter to the homeless and poor (6 ,7 ).

These are the Symptoms of Overpopulation.

The symptoms of overpopulation must first be understood to be remedied. Today, spouses often come home after work emotionally and physically drained, so arguments erupt more frequently; they do not have much time for themselves or their family. Fewer people marry now, and the divorce rate has greatly increased over the last 50 years. Belarus, for example, reported a 50% divorce rate in 2012 (8). Infanticide is the number one cause of children’s violent death in the USA (9,10). India has a rising suicide rate due to a lack of subsistence and jobs (11).

The pressures caused by unemployment leads many to turn to drugs and alcohol for relief. In contrast, Japan, which had one of the highest suicide rates in the world, has shown a rising employment rate since 2011. Due to a recently shrinking population, its suicide rate has dropped, reflecting less competition for jobs (12). China, with its one- child-per-family policy, went from a nation where famine decimated millions, to become the second richest nation in the world (13). Nevertheless, China’s one-child policy created a generation of selfish, materialistic individuals who lack the sense of community that a two-child family provides (14).

A proper balance between natural resources and population size is conducive to promoting prosperity, educational and employment opportunities. Jobs are at the core of what gives humans their sense of purpose, dignity and worth; they are the basis of economic and social stability. Failing economies, on the other hand, are breeding grounds of terrorism, racism revolts that sometimes end in genocide or war.(14 a) (14 b)

In our consumerist world, people often have little time to spare for others, so it is easier to give material objects than one’s time. As a result, new generations see success and rewards in material terms. It is no surprise that materialism is replacing the human touch, but materialism is not fulfilling our emotional needs. Children and spouses craving human affection and not finding it at home often seek it elsewhere. This explains why teenage pregnancy has reached an unprecedented 16 million births per year worldwide (15), while in the U.S.A., 40% of new mothers are (16). Now, our stressed-out society portray sex as fashionable.

Sex is experienced by many in search of love and affection to release stress. This phenomenon was most apparent after World War II, resulting in the "Baby Boom." Thus, the notion that wars keep populations in check is erroneous. In 1800, the world’s population was 1.3 billion and the population of the U.S.A. was 5 million. In 2023, the world's population is 8.045 billion and the USA’s population 336,704 million. (17)

Wars, catastrophes, disease, and natural mortality, however, have not curbed population growth. In poor nations, families have more children than they can sustain to assure a few survive. (18). Worldwide, about 370 million indigenous plus 2.6 billion poor people live without electricity, running water, machinery etc. ( see cover of’s web site - NASA NIGHT LITES) (19,20), and many hundreds of millions have no access to safe sources of drinking water. (21). If these masses were to access the modern standard of living developed nations enjoy, it would take about 5 planets to sustain us all. (22). There are still tribes who have no contact with civilization, who are joyful and thriving. They don't experience the problems our "civilization" is suffering from. They enjoy life, because they have a strong sense of community and respect for nature, proving that money, our type of civilization and materialism are not the answer. (22a)

Civilization was forever Altered by WWII, Industrial and Medical Revolutions that Followed. ( See graph above)

The industrial and high-tech revolutions have increasingly replaced humans with machinery, computers, and robots. As never before, this is forcing millions into permanent unemployment and creating a wider gap between the rich and the poor. Laws must be implemented that give preference to humans over equipment; not doing so will end in escalating hunger, fueling rage, revolts, police brutality, racism, and terrorism.

History teaches us that hungry hordes ended the Roman, French, and Russian empires. Today the biggest time-bomb due to human overpopulation is the threat of food and job shortages, which will spark similar events (23). Poverty and dwindling natural resources are causing many to debase themselves to subsist. Due to environmental destruction, hoards are rushing to neighboring nations where they hope to find sustenance sparking racism and xenophobia in the nation’s refugees seek shelter due to fear of the destruction of civilization in the host nation. As crime grows, countries turn to war for supplies. A 2015 report shows that over one-third of the world's children die annually from malnutrition (24). In the U.S.A., one out of every six children go to bed hungry every night. (25, 26) The World Food Programme notes: “ An expected 345.2 million people projected to be food insecure in 2023 - more than double the number in 2020. This constitutes a staggering rise of 200 million people compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. More than 900,000 people worldwide are fighting to survive in famine-like conditions. This is ten times more than five years ago” (26a )

To subsist, many farmers are over-tilling and overgrazing their land, causing erosion and desertification. Other lands are being claimed for housing, mining, logging, farming and aqua pools (for fish stock), driving wildlife and plant varieties to extinction (27) forcing mass human migrations. (28).

Experts calculate that the planet can sustain up to 6.2 billion people. We have surpassed this number, as the 2% human die-off over the last 15 years (29,29a). In spite of this, populations continue to grow. Unless we address these problems, this will further exacerbate matters thus time is of the essence.

The UN reports that since the 1990s, around 50% of those who were living on less than $1 per day have risen above the poverty line thanks to efforts toward more equal distribution of wealth and education promoted by the UN, many governments, and NGOs. Paradoxically, due to exponential population growth, the actual number of poor people has not decreased. The World Bank explains this phenomenon: Although the population growth rate for developing countries has been decreasing for several decades, the number of people added to the population each year has been increasing because the population base has become larger" (30). This improvement has extended to the middle class, fueling consumerism, thus accelerating environmental damage, not giving nature the time to replenish resources (31). This new found wealth is reflected in a growing taste for processed and animal-based food consumption. To satisfy the demand for animal products, animal husbandry uses 40% of the world’s land and 60% of the grain to feed livestock ( poultry, fish, lambs, goats, etc.); agribusiness now uses 70% of the available freshwater (32) . The poor are marginalized by agribusiness because it is more profitable to feed livestock than to feed the poor. Due to scientific developments that aid food production, agribusiness has grown to the point it is now causing up to 50% of global warming (33).

Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Protects Human Health, Wealth and the Environment. (33a, 33b)

According to the World Health Organization, animal diet based on: animal flesh, fish and other seafood, eggs and milk accounts for 63% of deaths in the developed world (34). In 90% of cases: cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, type two diabetes, autoimmune disease and Alzheimer’s are directly attributable to animal products and processed foods (34g).

Human evolution shows that we are predominately plant based eaters. (34a, 34a1) and human biochemistry has not yet evolved to adapt to an animal based diet explaining the high levels of our morbidity and mortality (34b, 34c) Proof of this lag in evolutionary change is , for example, when patients suffering from dietary causes of cardiovascular disease, stop eating animal products, (including milk, fish, eggs) and processed foods, they reverse their disease and heal. (34d, 34e, 34f) These diet related ailments are causing enormous impact on healthcare costs and productivity.

For example, IN 2014, the USA’s private and governmental expenses for health care were five times more than on its military expense (35,35a,35b, 35c). The solution is simple: change the menu to non-processed grains, fruit, legumes, tubers and vegetables and by so doing, the healing impact in ones health will be evidenced in less than two years. (36, 37, 37A)
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Video documentary "GAME CHANGERS” proves that the healthiest and strongest are those who eat a whole plant, unprocessed diet. To improve their health, Arnold Schwarzenegger, winner of the title, Mr. Universe etc. and governor of the city of California, and President Bill Clinton followed this new healthy style (37a).

Overpopulation and Consumerism Destroy the Very Essence of Life.(37c)

Our increasing population is exacerbating pollution, poisoning the fields, atmosphere, and water, destroying the very essence of life. This is causing global warming, which is exacerbating floods, droughts, mudslides, forest fires and storms, etc., creating deserts, thawing glaciers, raising sea levels, and decimating fresh water supplies at a pace and to an extent that may have irreparable consequences unless we act to stem this now.

We have the know-how and the funds. The solutions require worldwide cooperation or the efforts of the few will be futile. We must empower women with education, knowledge of family planning and access to contraceptive methods, in keeping with moral and individual religious precepts, so that they don't need to seek abortions for prevention in all things are best. (37a), Banning legal abortions increase maternal death rates, often leaving orphans behind. (37b)

For each $1 governments spend in contraception, $7 are saved (38) It is still possible to reach a sustainable future if all new families are educated in family planning (38a). In Thailand, using education and subsidies, family planning was successfully embraced. This changed their economy, environment, and education so much that for a period of over five years, Bloomberg awarded Thailand the title: “The Happiest Country in the World.”(38b)

See how Thailand, without coercion, achieved this:(38c)
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Consumerism and poor banking regulations have been bankrupting people, corporations and nations (Greece and Iceland are cases in point) (39) Equitable income, value-added taxes, fair banking regulations and barring corporations to have “person status” are needed to stem economic collapse, produce positive impacts in wealth distribution and spending practices (40, 41). We must end subsidies for toxic sources of food, toxic sources of energy. We, like Thailand must subsidize contraceptive methods. We must encourage clean, renewable power. We must learn to become good stewards of the land, which will require assessing products by taking into account the real cost of producing and extracting them from our environment in terms of the impact of the environmental damage and health complications that they entail. Above all, we must learn to live conservatively. Implementing value-added taxes (VAT) will discourage squandering and polluting, curbing unsustainable lifestyles.

In Conclusion

Now we know we have no time to waste. We know what we must do and do so urgently.

Human population growth is decimating natural resources, altering weather patterns, and causing the mass extinction of plant and animal species, which is unsustainable for all. In so doing, this is threatening the very survival of mankind and all life on our fragile planet. Hunger due to environmental destruction gives rise to drugs, crime, homelessness, social unrest, xenophobia and racism ending harmony and peace. With education and family planning, sustenance and restoration of lost habitats can be achieved (42). Changing our diet to whole plant, non-processed foods will improve our health and free up funds for: universal healthcare, education, restoring the ecosystem, research for retrofitting and creating efficient technology that will stop environmental destruction. Doing so will give us time to take humanity to a path of sustainability and peace.

By providing jobs to our fellow men instead of replacing these with equipment, we can improve human conditions and restore human dignity. By shifting the paradigm, we will have a chance to regain a sense of community and harmony. By promoting peace, military funds will be freed for the betterment of all (43,44)

When gazing at the infinite universe we now know that earth is the only place that can give us sustenance. The seas of adversity have taken our fragile craft to a place where we realize that only together, we can save the greatest treasure of all - life itself. We learn that by joining forces as a world family, we can pass the torch of life to new generations. This path will require us to leave selfishness, politics and greed behind. By changing our ways and respecting all that is in God’s creation, future generations will inherit a world where the song of wild birds and perfume of forest flowers give joy to their hearts, a place they can call HOME (45).A place where they will all 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

Dr. Gabriela Kaplan, M.D. (C) 2023
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Norman E. Borlaug - Nobel Peace Prize 1970. I agree with you 100% 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 Peace Prize 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.
Saint - Mother -Theresa of Calcutta Nobel Peace Prize 1997. Through this work of your heart you may grow in holiness.
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of Iceland. 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.
George Vassiliou, President of Cyprus. It is a fact that overpopulation has become a global issue and that concentrated action must be undertaken by all countries to secure the best possible conditions of life in the planet.
Ricardo Arias Calderon, Vice President of Panama. I am sending copy of your report " Practical Solutions to the Problems caused by Overpopulation" to all the government institutions dealing with this topic in my country.
Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines. We must do everything in our power to meet the global issues of overpopulation. These transcend geographical boundaries and therefore require the attention of people everywhere.
Amata Kabua, President of the Marshall Islands. 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.
Bill Clinton, President of the United States. The issue of overpopulation is an important matter that certainly needs to be evaluated. I have forwarded your letter to the US Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders.
Reverend Desmond M. Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize 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.
Al Gore Jr. - Nobel Peace Prize 2007. I am aware of the fundamental and critical linkage between rapidly growing population and increasing environmental stress, and I assure you that I will continue to work while keeping this consideration closely in mind.
Saint - Pope John Paul II. The Vatican Secretariat of State His Holiness Pope John Paul II has directed that I share the following message - Crescenzio Sepe: The Holy See recognizes the role to face with responsibility the population problem. It considers the implications of population growth on the future of the human family that there is a need to create a global community with a commitment to making life more human for all spiritual values enable people to see real wroth of material goods, without sacrificing other values. The recommendations, in fact, mention the irreplaceable role of the family as the basic unit of society.


Dr. Gabriela Kaplan, MD, President Medical Doctor, Neuroradiology and Imaging, (USA)
Dr. Ada Contreras MD Medical Doctor, Pediatric Neonatologist, (Honduras)
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)
Fr.  Joseph Rinaldo, Sdc. Servants of Charity, Provincial   ( Italy)
Dr.  Araceli Aulestia, DDS DDS, I.N.S.T.R.A.W.,U.N. for Entity for Gender Equality (Ecuador)
Dr. Javier Vasquez, MD   Medical Doctor, Pediatric Psychiatry, (Peru)
Mrs. Sylvia Wachner Business Administration, Project Manager,  Organic Agriculture, (Brazil)


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

Gabriela D. Kaplan, MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who (

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