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Sustainability and Global Population Growth

In 1999 the United Nations estimated world population would pass nine billion by the year 2054. With the current population of the world sitting just under seven billion only twelve years after hitting six billion those estimates from 1999 may be overly conservative. If we grow at a constant rate of one billion every twelve years from 2011 when we are expected to pass seven billion we will reach ten billion people by the year 2047. According to some scientists and environmentalists ten billion human beings on the planet would exceed the capacity of the available natural resources to sustain that population.

While widely criticized for their policies on families, many of the same scientists raising concerns about global population growth contend that Chinaís policy of only allowing one child per household in the vast majority of cases is wise policy for the health of the nation and the world. Most researchers agree that the current rate of population growth will overtax the natural resources of the planet within fifty years if not checked.

So what can we, as Americans, do to address the population explosion around the world? The answer is neither pleasant nor politically correct. We need to look at who is having the bulk of the children in our country and take steps to slow the birthrate in their communities. This may sound Draconian but the truth of the matter is that if we do nothing we will destroy our own future. We cannot sustain the current growth rate and hope to have enough healthy food and water for our grandchildren. We are less than forty years from reaching a population level that could make our planet uninhabitable.

Beyond looking at the communities driving the growth we need to address the outmoded and shortsighted religious influences driving much of the growth. With certain religions promoting large family models as being the will of God, largely uneducated or undereducated populations have no balancing information about the dangers of rapid population growth to make informed family planning decisions. At some level we need to debunk the claims of religious leaders that large families are good for the world. We need to combat superstition with hard evidence. Itís time to bring science into the discussion in a big way.

This threat to our survival is real. In addition to the consumption of natural resources at an unsustainable rate is our proclivity for damaging our own environment. Our oceans are becoming so polluted that the plankton and algae needed to sustain the entire ecosystem is dying off faster than it can reproduce. The Pacific Ocean has a garbage patch containing enormous amounts of plastic over an area that is hundreds of square miles. The debris is non-biodegradable and as it photo-degrades it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces that find their way into the food chain killing or otherwise harming the life forms that consume it. It is a ticking time bomb that may one day destroy all life in the planetís oceans.

As go the oceans, so goes the fate of humanity. If life in the oceans dies off the human race will not be far behind. We depend greatly on the oceans for our survival. Our prolific breeding and blind consumption are literally killing the oceans that we depend on for our survival. Add to that the air pollution and chemicals we dump into the ground water supply and you have a recipe for the extinction of the human race.

While conservation and ecological awareness are important we also need to work to actively reduce our population. By some accounts this planet can only reasonably sustain a population of five hundred million to one billion people over an extended period of time. Given that information we must act or face our own extinction. We need to reduce birth rates, allow nature to take its course more often in cases of terminal illness and accept that our survival as a species depends on the reduction of our numbers.

Nobody wants to let their loved ones die or forego continuing their family name but if we want our species to have a future that is precisely what some people will need to do. It is a hard problem to face but we must face it. If we continue down the path we are on we will become extinct. It is not a question of if but rather of when. Global governments must act soon or it will be too late. With less than forty years before we reach a population number that is a likely death sentence for us all there is no more time for consternation. It is time to act. We need to limit births and halt efforts to extend longevity. In concert with a global effort to reduce the damage done by humans to our environment it might be enough to save the human race. If we do nothing we will all die and quite possibly before the end of this century.

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We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

Itís also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesnít care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joeís needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If youíre like a lot of us, youíve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and itís a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just donít care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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