Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall said, “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and will leave a ravaged world.”
While massive population growth may eventually lead to human extinction, today’s war ravaged countries have created the largest mass migration since WWll. But will the refugees escaping a war zone add significant burdens on the West that could eventually lead to even more immigrants seeking refuge in first world countries?
After traveling across six continents on a bicycle, Frosty Wooldridge, author and lecturer, witnessed firsthand what Dr. Kendall meant by over population. Asia provides the best example of exponential growth and Frosty saw the ecological damage, shortage of portable water, sewage pollution, carbon emission exhausts, lack of food, not to mention the loss of any quality of life due to human crowding.
Like Kendall, Wooldridge discovered and firmly believes it’s important to lower the human fecundity rate. “Exponential growth cannot and will not be tolerated by Mother Nature. She already starves to death over 10 million children annually and another eight million adults,” he said.
Wooldridge contends that by 2050, humans will have used most of the oil on the planet. Taking a look in the history books illustrates numerous civilizations self-destructing. But could America be on a similar collision course? Without significant change, 35 of America’s largest cities will double by 2050. Major cities like Los Angeles sporting 12 million; New York City with 19 million; Mexico City with 19 million; Bombay with 20 million; Sao Paulo with 20 million; Delhi with 22 million will create impoverished majorities.
In his book Unguarded Gates, Dr. Otis Graham said; “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.”
Currently the world population stands at 7.1 billion human beings, of which approximately 57 million people die off from all causes—old age, war, disease, starvation and other violence. At first glance the numbers seem balanced, but in most third world nations the poor cannot or do not believe in birth control. As a result they not only replace the 57 million that died but they add another 80 million babies every year. According to the PEW Research Center, humans will break 10 billion by 2050 and are on track to reach 14 billion by the end of the century.
As global transportation means improve, it’s reasonable to believe those seeking a better and more modern, quality of life outside their impoverished countries will pressure western countries to assimilate them. The United Nations estimates those 122 million annual survivors will require food, water, housing, as well as education. This will all require taxpayer funding.
Wooldridge described the dire situation in Africa on a recent bicycle trek. “Egypt alone with its 82 million subsisting on desert sands expects to reach 150 million by mid century. Egypt depends on grains from the West to feed its human multitude, but as oil depletes and costs more, Egyptians will not be able to buy food. They face mass starvation. Hundreds of thousands live on the brink in Somalia, Sudan, Congo, and South Africa. All of Asia lives on the edge. A full one billion human beings worldwide cannot secure a clean glass of water daily.”
Africa, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Middle East and Bangladesh continue growing their populations without pause. First world countries must ask themselves if they want to tread that path?
“From my world travels to all those places facing human chaos, I can unequivocally state that the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia stand on the edge of a demographic cliff. They cannot and will not save those developing world countries from their own fecundity folly, but if they continue immigration without pause—those first world countries will surely sink into the abyss of the same conditions that the refugees fled,” Wooldridge explained. “At some point, the United States must take stock of its path. It must decide on its future. On the current path, it faces demographic disaster. That’s a mathematical certainty. It’s only a matter of time.”
Nevertheless, under current immigration law, Congress legally allows another 100,000 immigrants every 30 days in the US.
Dr. Bartlett pointed out that; “No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.”
So what are scientists doing to alert governments around the world about the impending extinction? “At present, we race along making a pact with the ‘devil’ in what we call a Faustian Bargain or, we keep adding people and burning up our resources for the luxury of the moment; as if tomorrow will never come. When tomorrow eventually arrives, we shall face a Hobson’s choice. You won’t like his choice. We will have only two choices… Door A leads us over a cliff and Door B allows us to fall into quicksand with no lifeguards. In other words, our civilization faces collapse and we’re all screwed with no choices.”
Can America lead the world in this quest for a sustainable future? Can it change its course from its current overload of 315 million on its way to 625 million within this century and probably on toward 1 billion in the first part of the 22nd century?
Author note: Frosty Wooldridge has guest lectured at Cornell University, teaches creative writing workshops, magazine writing at Michigan State University, and has presented environmental science lectures at the University of Colorado, University of Denver, Texas A & M, University of Dayton and Regis University. He watch full interview here has published two books: www.frostywooldridge.com and www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com Watch full interview here.