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.