Facing America’s Population Challenge: William N. Ryerson

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Part 6 of a series…

In 21st century America, citizens and leaders of our country rush headlong and with great alacrity toward adding 138 million more people within 36 years, 2050, and a doubling of our current 319,000,000  (million) population to reach 625,000,000 (million) before the end of the century.

(Overpopulated cities worldwide pump billions of tons of carbon exhaust, chemicals and sewage into the rivers and oceans of the world.) Photography bywww.123rf.com

William N. Ryerson, director of www.PopulationMedia.org , said, “As a global leader, you have, for too long, ignored the advice your mother game you when you were growing up.  It’s time for you to reform your behavior.  Let me remind you what she said…do your homework.”

For the past 40 years, America’s presidents, senators, House reps, governors, mayors and academics from colleges—cheated Americans by skipping math and science courses throughout their careers.  The vast majority of leaders and average citizens skipped classes on ecology, environment, species extinction rates, biosphere contamination, ocean contaminations, carbon footprint and the “exponential function.”

While thousands of scientists knock on the doors of America’s leaders, as well as world leaders—the media turns a blind eye.  Corporations play their powerful hands for pro-growth, massive consumption and endless human population expansion.

(Mega cities compact humans and their pollution into greater concentrations while ripping away at the natural world.) Photography by www.123rf.com

Ryerson said, “You hold office despite not having received a single vote from the millions of species that inhabit the Earth along with humans.

But it’s time for your human rights commissioner and your justice minister to recognize that each of these species has an equal right to exist.  Stop looking away when your friends order shark fin soup, [when such actions kill 100,000,000 (million) sharks annually for the past three decades], or you give ivory carvings as gifts.  Or, your friends cut rainforests to shreds to build more homes and shopping malls.”

Ryerson understands that without the continue operation of the “web of life” interconnecting all species, the human race walk out on pole from the top of the Empire State Building—which can only hold the weight of a crow.  Result: pole breaks and human race plummets to the pavement below.

(Autos, chimneys, busses, trucks, ships, planes and more burn over 84 million barrels of oil daily. Whether 20, 40 or 60 years from now, oil will be no more. Once that happens, no more gas to fill tractors to plant and harvest food. No food, no one eats.) Photography by www.123rf.com

When the New York Stock Exchange pushes the Nazdaq and Standard and Poor ratings to increasingly greater heights, the Natural World sees itself being stripped of its ability to provide water, air, resources, food, arable land and a livable biosphere.   Death a planet’s vital operations negates any profits or Lear Jet flights by CEOs to their private islands in the Caribbean.

To the world’s leaders, Ryerson said, “Take the population issue. When was the last time you instructed your climate czar to  examine the impact of adding 83 million people  per year to the world’s population? The median projected growth by 2050 will be the equivalent of adding two United States of America to the planet.”

How do you water, feed, house, warm, transport, educate and maintain quality of life and environment with the addition of 1.1 billion people every 12 years and a total growth rate of over 3.1 billion in the next 36 years?  Answer:  we can’t, we wont, it’s not going to be pretty for anyone.

In the end, we must, as a species, reduce our human footprint back down to less than the “industrial age” that created our downward spiral.  If we don’t Mother Nature steps into the mix:  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.”

She’s already operating to kill of 10 million children who starve to death annually in 2014.  Can you imagine the death rates and water crises facing humanity in three decades with another 3.1 billion humans devouring the planet’s remaining resources?

(Why do humans choose to create overcrowded, unlivable cities with too many people, continuous growth and little concern for the natural world or the rest of the species on the planet.) Photography by www.123rf.com

“If you have paid attention, you learned that fighting Mother Nature is a losing proposition,” said Ryerson.  “When you think about it, sustainability is the ultimate environmental issue, the ultimate health issue, and the ultimate human rights issue.”

Ryerson makes no bones about humanity’s predicament.  He’s seen it in his world travels.  I take in a few more steps:  not only do we humans take out the world’s species at the prolific rate of 100 daily into the land of ultimate extinctions, but we insure ultimate self-carnage of our great civilizations that cannot continue existing without water, oil and a livable planet.


Book:  Facing the Population Challenge: Wisdom from the Elders by Marilyn Hempel

Publisher: Blue Planet United, Redlands, CA

ISBN # 9780692212271

Cost: $14.95 paperback



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If you would like to make a difference, please join these organizations for the most effective collective action you can take:  www.populationpress.orgwww.CapsWeb.org ; www.NumbersUSA.org ;                                             www.TheSocialContract.com ; www.Fairus.org

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