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Overpopulation is the ultimate environmental threat everywhere, including in the United States. We must act now to stabilize our own population size, and perhaps even reduce it, if we are to have any hope of saving our environment and diversity of species and maintaining our quality of life in the long term.

Today, the U.S. is the fastest growing industrialized nation in the world and we are just beginning to pay the high costs of resulting environmental degradation. At current rates, U.S. population of 283 million will roar past half a billion by 2050! Immigration has accounted for 70% of U.S. population growth this decade, and this percentage is increasing!

  • The United States is the third most populated nation in the world, trailing only China and India.
  • U.S. population grows by nearly 3 million people annually, making the U.S. the fastest growing industrialized nation in the world.
  • Every five years we add the population equivalent of another Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Houston combined.
  • The United States' growth rate, 1.2% over the past 50 years, will result in doubling our population by 2050 to over half a billion people.
  • As population increases and we continue to degrade farmland, the $40 billion we gain yearly in food export income will be unavailable by 2025 and arable land will be reduced from 400 million acres to only 290 million acres by 2050.
  • Population growth drives urban sprawl which adversely affects our lives in a variety of ways. For example, the average American driver spends 443 hours per year behind the wheel. That equals 55 eight-hour workdays!

The population of the U.S. is growing far too rapidly for us to be able to afford any delays in implementing an effective, comprehensive solution. In a country that grows by 58,000 weekly, even a day of inactivity can prove costly.

ACT NOW: We must move quickly to maintain a replacement-level fertility rate of 2.1 or below and to achieve a traditional, replacement-level, all-inclusive immigration ceiling (200,000 per year), both of which are logically necessary if we are to stabilize our population.

Here is how you can help make a big difference:

1.) The ASAP! Coalition Action has links to a pair of resolutions for organizations and a pair for individuals. Each pair contains one resolution calling for an immigration moratorium (for legal immigration), and another to create a powerful incentive to reduce illegal immigration by stopping the job magnet.

2.) Push any local, regional, or state governing authority (county board of commissioners, city council, etc. ...) to approve the Immigration Moratorium Resolution for Organizations. Even though only the U.S. Congress has the legal authority to reduce immigration, having local authorities pass these resolutions is immensely important. Members of the U.S. Congress and the Bush-Cheney administration must listen hard to their constituents and local officials - thus, these resolutions can make a BIG difference. Once the Resolution is approved, make sure that the Resolution is sent to the officials listed at the bottom, send a copy to BALANCE, and we will gladly deliver it to your representative and share your progress with other activists.

3.) Push the same governing authority (county board of commissioners, city council, etc. ...) to approve the Illegal Immigration Resolution for Organizations, that would bar the counties, cities, etc. ... from doing business with companies that hire illegal immigrants. Once the Resolution is approved, make sure that the Resolution is sent to the officials listed at the bottom, send a copy to BALANCE, and we will gladly deliver it to your representative and share your progress with other activists.

4.) We also encourage you to get civic organizations (e.g., veterans' organizations, clubs, etc. ...) to endorse these Resolutions. Make as many copies of the Resolutions as you wish, and, as always, please call BALANCE with any questions you may have - we will help you any way we can!

5.) Sign your own copies of the Immigration Moratorium Resolution for Individuals and the Illegal Immigration Resolution for Individuals. Make as many copies of the Resolutions for individuals as you like, and when people have signed them, send copies to BALANCE, which will deliver them to your representatives.

As you know, Population-Environment Balance (BALANCE) uses many of its resources to prepare materials and functions that work toward an immigration moratorium and U.S. population stabilization.

   

Any contribution that you can make to BALANCE will help us a great deal. Thank you.

Population-Environment Balance (ASAP! Founding Sponsor) ASAP! Coalition Action