This ad appears in the May/June 2017 issues of Harpers Magazine & Mother Jones Magazine. It also appears in the Washington Times on April 10, 2017.
Please click the photo to view the add as it appeared in Harpers Magazine.
U.S. OVERPOPULATION: EARTH’S BIGGEST PROBLEM
150,000,000: U.S. population in 1950
325,000,000: U.S. population today
400,000,000: projected U.S. population in 2050
Earth Day turns 47 this year.
What started in 1970 with 20 million Americans rallying for environmental protection has become a global movement – with over 1 billion participants each year. Yet one major environmental threat remains largely ignored: America is growing by an average of 1 person every 16* seconds.
Population growth impacts every aspect of our daily lives, and every area of our country. And it’s a real problem in the U.S. because our consumption levels are far higher than in the rest of the world. In 2014, our nation had less than 5% of the world’s population but was responsible for over 20% of global oil consumption.
Every hour, the U.S. loses 50 acres of farm and ranch land to sprawl and development. Our nation’s water use has nearly doubled since 1950, growing right alongside our population. In 2013, Americans generated 254 million tons of trash – representing 4.4 pounds per person per day – and our total garbage creation has nearly tripled since 1960.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the U.S. has worked to establish environmental protection policies – but because of our population growth, our consumption and emissions rates remain problematic.
If we want to protect our environment,
we must talk about population size and growth.
NPG is leading the conversation – and YOU CAN HELP!
Visit www.NPG.org and get involved!
World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!
From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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