A stable population size is essential to prevent further
deterioration of the very system that supports us - our environment
and natural resource base. Regardless of how conservatively we use
resources, the fundamental fact is that growing numbers of people
unavoidably place increasing demands on our natural and social environment.
More people means more energy use, more traffic jams,
more production of toxic wastes and increased tensions that result
from living in crowded urban environments. However efficient we
may be in the use of resources and however much we conserve in our
attempt to preserve our environment, more people simply means more
stress on the ecosystem.
- Nearly 700 species of plants and animals are endangered or threatened from destruction
of habitat caused by population growth. About 9,000 species are at risk of extinction, and
500 species - that we know of - have already vanished forever.
- Every day we permanently remove 3.2 billion gallons more water from our aquifers than is
replaced by natural processes. This is equivalent to half the water that flows through the
mouth of the Mississippi River every day.
- U.S. consumption of energy grows every day, despite efforts to conserve. Ninety three
percent of the United States’ increase in energy use since 1970 can be attributed to our
- To accommodate growth, we pave over an area equal to the state of Delaware every year.
- Only 5 - 10% of old growth forests in Oregon, Washington, and California remain - 90%
of all U.S. old growth forests have been cut down to meet the demand for timber.
The high per capita consumption in the United States
magnifies the environmental stress of population growth, yet curbing
consumption by itself is a meaningless gesture if our population
continues to skyrocket. We can become a model of population stabilization
for others in the global community so that we can each work toward
safeguarding our own natural resource base and thus safeguard the
future of our planet.
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.