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“ApplyThe Brakes” to Unsustainable U.S. Population Growth

Please Stop Unsustainable Growth in U.S. Population and Consumption

I am writing as a constituent of yours who belongs to conservation organizations including:

***INSERT NAMES OF YOUR ORGANIZATIONS***

I strongly endorse the letter below from leaders in the American conservation movement and urge you take action now to stabilize U.S. population and reduce our consumption of natural resources.

***INSERT YOUR NAME AND ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS***

Dear Congress:

Through a series of Acts, Congress has been the primary cause of the U.S. population soaring from just over 200 million on Earth Day 1970 to more than 318 million. This increase and our high level of consumption have taken a tremendous toll on our natural resources and those of the entire globe.

Congress and our society have a critical choice to make. We can continue on this path of unsustainable growth that will take us to 400 million by the middle of this century. Or we can do as two bi-partisan commissions appointed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton urged us to do: Stabilize our numbers at a sustainable level which is in balance with quality of life and our share of the Earth's resources. 1

To protect and conserve our remaining natural resources and our quality of life, we urge you to act now to put us on a path to a sustainable United States population by adopting legislation that will:

  • Encourage voluntary reduction in reproduction rates from our current 1.85 total fertility rate to a level closer to the 1.4 level of Europe and Japan.
  • Reduce immigration, initially to the 500,000 per year level recommended by the bi-partisan Jordan Commission. 2
  • Encourage reduced consumption per person.

Signed: Lester Brown, Philip Cafaro, John Davis, Veronica Egan, Brock Evans, Dave Foreman, Amy Gulick, Andy Kerr, Katie Lee, Susan Morgan, Rod Nash, Tim Palmer, Doug Tompkins, Don Weeden, George Wuerthner

1) President's Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, chaired by Nelson D. Rockefeller 3rd (1972) and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, chaired by Barbara Jordan (1996).
2) 80% of projected population growth in coming decades is expected to come from immigration.

“Apply The Brakes” to Unsustainable Global Population Growth

Please Help Stop Unsustainable Growth in World Population

I am writing as a constituent of yours who belongs to conservation organizations including:

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I strongly endorse the letter below from leaders in the American conservation movement and urge you to take action now to help stabilize Earth’s human population.

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Dear Congress:

Earth’s human population has grown from 6 billion in the year 2000 to over 7 billion today. This astonishing magnitude of growth, against a backdrop of Earth’s finite resources as well as the desire to maintain biodiversity and natural areas, is not sustainable.

It is critical that Congress act now to help prevent the continued increase in human population to eight, nine billion, and beyond.

We ask that Congress expand funding for UNFPA and other programs of the United Nations, United States and foreign governments, and NGOs which will be most effective in stabilizing world population as quickly as possible through efforts to:

  • Ensure that all people have access to technologies of contraception and family planning.
  • Increase women's empowerment, especially through expanded educational opportunities.
  • Encourage public awareness of the global problem of population growth, so that more women and men voluntarily opt to have fewer children.
  • Reduce infant mortality.

Signed: Lester Brown, Philip Cafaro, John Davis, Veronica Egan, Brock Evans, Dave Foreman, Amy Gulick, Andy Kerr, Katie Lee, Susan Morgan, Rod Nash, Tim Palmer, Doug Tompkins, Don Weeden, George Wuerthner