ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Negative Population
Growth President Donald Mann has announced the start of a Campaign for a
National Population Policy, a grassroots effort to get the American people
and elected leaders focused on the country's escalating population crisis.
Declaring that America's population growth of 30 to 40 million people
per decade will see U.S. population explode to 450 million by mid-century,
Mann stressed the vital need for Congress to take immediate steps to create
a U.S. Commission on Population Growth with a goal to fundamentally rethink
our nation's "growth at any cost" mentality.
In announcing that NPG will put the full weight of its membership
behind the Campaign for a National Population Policy and elicit the support
of millions more citizens, Mann stated, "We can no longer hide from reality
when it comes to out-of-control population growth. Areas of our country are
already facing major water shortages...We are on the path to a national
energy crisis...Our roads are gridlocked and our national infrastructure is
crumbling...We are paving over productive farmland and fragile wetlands at
an alarming rate...And our lack of restrictive immigration policies has
sent our population skyrocketing!"
Mann declared, "It is absolutely shocking that no single government
entity exists that raises the question of how our nation could possibly
cope successfully with an additional 150 million people -- 50% more than
the 303 million we have now -- in just four decades."
According to Mann, "The key to averting huge population numbers that
will result in future economic, social and environmental crises is to get
ahead of the problems before it is too late. We must create policies
designed to halt and eventually reverse our population growth so that,
after an interim period of negative growth, we can stabilize our population
at a sustainable level, far lower than today's."
Mann cited the fact that Congress set a precedent for taking action on
this issue in 1970 when it created the Commission on Population Growth and
the American Future, headed by John D. Rockefeller, III. He noted that,
"For two years, this blue-ribbon Commission diligently studied our nation's
problems and future needs and made 47 key recommendations to put America on
a proper course to meet the challenges of population change. Sadly,
President Nixon totally dismissed the Rockefeller Report right before the
1972 elections -- and our country has paid a tremendous price since."
"The goal of NPG's Campaign for a National Population Policy," Mann
said, "is to get Congress to acknowledge that population growth does have
its limits. We simply can't continue to pursue the present politics of
accommodation where no one cares about the future. America owes it to
future generations to leave them a decent quality of life."
Mann stated, "Right now, our nation's leaders have little concept as to
the disastrous consequences that overpopulation creates and a Commission
for a National Population Policy will put it all into sharper focus."
He concluded, "For our leaders to push the issue of population growth
aside year after year only sets the stage for countless economic, social
and environmental horror stories in the future. Every year we delay in
tackling this critical issue, the stakes get higher and higher."
Negative Population Growth is a non-profit grassroots organization that
is celebrating its 35th Anniversary as one of the nation's premier advocacy
groups working to educate Americans about the catastrophic effects of
overpopulation and fighting for policies to eventually stabilize U.S.
population size at a sustainable level, far smaller than today's.
SOURCE Negative Population Growth