The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and its darling became Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, which included this call to arms:
“[T]he first task is population control at home… compulsory birth regulation would be necessary… rationed by the government to produce the desired population size.”
The Stanford Prof. Ehrlich’s disrespect for humanity has much in common with Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood matron, who ran a “Negro Project,” spoke at a KKK rally, labeled certain pesky people “human weeds” and “imbeciles” and “morons,” and preached “race improvement.”
Over the past few decades, environmentalist organizations have adopted radically anti-natal stances, often with a dedication and ferocity that rivals Planned Parenthood.
- The Sierra Club supports population control issues and abortion, lobbying in Minnesota against abstinence education and slashed funding for international family planning.
- The National Audubon Society’s “Population and Habitat: Making the Connection,” promotes the disproven “population bomb” mentality and urges the U.S. to spend more on international population control.
Sometime during the latter part of this year or early next year, there will be, for the first time in history, 7 billion people alive on the planet at the same time.
Contrary to population alarmists, as our numbers have climbed so has our well-being. In 1800, when there were only 1 billion people, per capita income was a mere $100. By 1900, as the population was closing in on 2 billion, it reached $500. Currently, with 7 billion people, per capita income has soared to over $5,000. In 2100, when the population is projected to be between 7 and 8 billion (and falling), it will be $30,000 in current dollars.
According to the World Bank, the average income in the developing world has more than doubled since 1960. Enough grain is produced for every person on earth to consume 3,500 calories daily. There is no need for anyone to starve in the midst of this plenty.
The pro-family Population Research Institute says we should not worry about a future of too many children, but too few. Human birthrates across all continents are collapsing. Not only will our numbers never double again, we are unlikely to even make it much past 8 billion or so.
Were it not for abortion, of course, we would already be at 8 billion. According to Guttmacher Institute’s latest report, there are 42 million induced abortions a year worldwide, down from 46 million per year.
Over the past half-century, quietly and without fanfare, in ordinary towns and cities, in dozens of countries around the world, perhaps two billion children have been killed. They have died unknown, often unmourned, and acknowledged only from time to time.
The 20th century was violent by any measure. Thirty-seven million people were killed in World War I. Over 60 million perished in World War II. Six million Jews and another six million Catholics died in Hitler’s death camps. Twenty million died at the hands of the Soviet authorities. Sixty-five million Chinese were killed by the Communist Party, while forty-two million more starved to death during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. And so on.
But these numbers are dwarfed by the sheer volume of children who have been killed by abortion this past half-century across the globe.
In fact, underpopulation, not overpopulation, is the biggest threat facing the world today. Over eighty countries representing well over half the world’s population will have below replacement fertility—defined as 2.1 children per woman.
The populations of the developed nations today are static or declining. The UN predicts that, by 2050, Russia’s population will have declined by 25 million people, Japan’s by 21 million, Italy’s by 16 million, and Germany’s and Spain’s by 9 million each. Europe and Japan will lose half their population by 2100. Countries with below replacement rate fertility will eventually die out. It’s just a matter of time.
Will the Earth Day/population control/abortion advocates succeed?