Sunday, April 17, 2016



EARTH DAY 2016, Featuring the Center for Biological Diversity:  Protect Species and the Public’s Land, Stop Auctions, Reverse Population Growth and Consumption, Keep Fossil Fuel in the Ground.  April 17, 2016.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

This is the first of three newsletters compiled for EARTH DAY 2016.  Together the three present a comprehensive campaign for a sustainable planet in basically two themes:  What we must end, what we must build.  4-17-16

OMNI 12TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENTS BEGIN SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016, 1 TO 5, AT OMNI/FAYETTEVILLE WORLD PEACE PARK, 1121 S. DUNCAN AVE.  (Turn south off MLKJR Blvd. onto Hill Ave.)   Arranged by Lauren Hawkins.

Center for Biological Diversity
      Reverse Human Population Growth   
      “Crowded Planet” YouTube Channel on Overpopulation and
       Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Campaign, Stop Auctions
Population Growth vs. Species, Google Search
Population Connection, Google Search
Lester Brown, et al. Beyond Malthus
Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Elysium Film, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Dystopia If We Fail

:  No. 65, April 16, 2016
Public Lands for All and Other Subjects
Stephanie Feldstein
Earth Day 2016
Protect Our Wild Lands, Stop Auctions
Endangered Species Condoms: Stop and Reverse Population Growth
Food Waste v. Wildlife: Join Food Waste Campaign
Good Food Now Campaign with Petition on Olive Garden
“Crowded Planet” YouTube Channel on Overpopulation and Overconsumption
Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Keep it in the Ground Campaign, Stop Fossil Fuels Auctions
I've been thinking a lot about the lands we all own -- more than 600 million acres in the United States. Like a lot of people, I was stunned and angered by the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year. Equally frustrating is the movement in Congress to turn over public lands to those who view them solely as a source of profit.

These incredible wild places are national treasures, especially as havens for wildlife, clean air and water, and those of us looking to escape an ever-crowding world. They deserve better. That's why people around the country will be holding events this month to stand up for America's public lands. Read on to find out how you can support the movement.

This Earth Day the Center's also giving away 25,000 Endangered Species Condoms to highlight the need to safeguard reproductive rights to protect women, families and the environment. In recent years there's been an unprecedented wave of attacks on access to contraception, family planning and reproductive healthcare. Hundreds of volunteers will be giving away free condoms and talking about 5 reasons to support reproductive rights.

For the wild,
Stephanie Feldstein
Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
P.S. Today's world population is: 7,412,744,062. We can still save room for wildlife -- spread the word and share the newsletter below.

Food Waste Is Wasting Wildlife

Food wasteEvery year Americans throw out $218 billion worth of food, and all that waste comes at a steep cost to wildlife: 21 percent of fresh water and 18 percent of farmland in the United States are used to produce food that's never eaten. Food waste is a major contributor to climate change and over the past 50 years, greenhouse gas emissions from food waste have increased more than 300 percent. If current trends continue, the climate impact of food waste will rise another 400 percent by mid-century. Food waste can also change the diet and behavior of wild animals and increase human-wildlife conflicts.

More than 80 percent of food waste happens in the home or in supermarkets, cafeterias and restaurants, and much of that waste is caused by misperceptions about food. By standardizing date labels and shifting away from superficial expectations about what we eat, we can keep millions of tons of it out of the landfill and reduce the environmental impact of our food system.

Check out the Center's new food waste campaign, learn how to eat weird to save wildlife, and if you're in New York City, join us at the Feeding the 5000 event on May 10in Union Square. (For information about this event, email Stephanie Feldstein.)

New "Crowded Planet" YouTube Channel
We're excited to introduce "Crowded Planet," a Center YouTube channel bringing the population and overconsumption conversation to a new audience. Starring population organizer Leigh Moyer, the brief videos will tackle some of the biggest issues no one is talking about, such as the connection between safe sex and saving the planet; how livestock has grown to outweigh wildlife; and why not all renewable energy is created equal. Watch and share our first installment, "How Can You Save Endangered Bed?" and subscribe to the Crowded Planet channel for new monthly videos.
Demand #GoodFoodNow
The "Good Food Now" campaign urging Olive Garden and other chain restaurants to offer healthier food that's better for workers, animals and the environment is heating up with a growing petition, a national call-in day last month, and increased social media pressure. Olive Garden's parent company is the largest full-service restaurant employer in the United States, serving more than 320 million meals a year -- leaving a serious footprint on the planet and the restaurant industry. Join the groundbreaking coalition of environmental, social-justice and animal-welfare groups by sharing the #GoodFoodNow message on social media.

Help #ProtectPublicLands -- Take Action
America's public lands are under attack by those who want to hand them over to private industries for grazing, mining, logging and other development.
From coastal cleanups to family hikes, thousands across the country will be celebrating public lands next week -- find an event in your area or start your own.
Shout your love for public lands and urge others to help protect them by joining our Thunderclap social media campaign.

The Fight to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Keep It in the Ground rallyFor the energy revolution and the race against climate change to succeed, we need to transform where our energy comes from. That means a swift transition to a just and fully renewable energy system while keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

study released last year by the Center determined that stopping new federal fossil fuel auctions on lands and offshore areas controlled by the U.S. government would keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere. Since then hundreds of people have shown up at rallies opposing Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auctions across the country.

Several auctions have been canceled as the "Keep It in the Ground" movement continues to grow. Earlier this month Alaskans rallied to protest a proposal to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic region, Cook Inlet and Gulf of Mexico. And in Texas the BLM withdrew nearly all of the acreage slated for an April 20 federal fossil fuel auction -- reducing the land up for auction from 36,000 acres in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma to just 2,036 acres.

Learn more about the Keep It in the Ground campaign and sign the petition telling President Obama that our public lands and climate aren't for sale.

Photo credits: Stephanie Feldstein staff photo; food waste courtesy Philip Cohen/Flickr; "Crowded Planet" video still, Center for Biological Diversity; Olive Garden restaurant courtesy JRoberts/Flickr; Yosemite National Park courtesy Jeff Miller/Flickr; public lands events map, Protect Your Public Lands; "I Heart Public Lands" graphic, Center for Biological Diversity; "Keep It in the Ground" rally photo, Valerie Love/Center for Biological Diversity.

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Human Overpopulation, Species Extinction.  The world population has hit a whopping 7 billion. Join our new national campaign to get the word out about human overpopulation and the species extinction crisis.

POPULATION GROWTH VS. SPECIES, Google Search, April 16, 2016
Center for Biological Diversity
Human Population Growth and Extinction ... Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson estimates that 30,000 species per year (or three species per hour) are being driven to ...
Jul 15, 2011 - One in 8 species is now at risk of worldwide extinction, and 190 birdspecies are critically endangered. Of the common European birds, 45% ...
In recent years, some prominent economists have argued that there is no upper limit to human population growth, that finiteness in resources is meaningless, ...
Ohio State University
Jun 19, 2013 - Average Growing Nation Can Expect 10.8 Percent More Threatened ... future threatened species connected to human population growth ...
"The massive growth in the human population through the 20th century has had ... catastrophe as growing thousands of species are pushed into the dawnless ... › ... › Animals & Wildlife › Animal Facts
Populations can sometimes be categorized by their growth characteristics. Specieswhose populations increase until they reach the carrying capacity of their ...

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POPULATION CONNECTION Google Search, April 16, 2016
Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America's voice for population stabilization. We are the largest ...
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On the bicentennial of Malthus's legendary essay on the tendency for population to grow more rapidly than the food supply, the question facing the world is not whether population growth will slow, but how.

Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series) by Lester R. Brown, Gary T. Gardner, Brian Halweil.

Worldwatch, Norton, 1999.

Human demands are pressing up against more and more of the Earth's limits. This book from the Worldwatch Institute examines the impacts of population growth on global resources and services, including food, fresh water, fisheries, jobs, education, income, and health. Despite the current hype of a "birth dearth" in parts of Europe and Japan, the fact remains that human numbers are projected to increase by over 3 billion by 2050. Rapidly growing nations are likely to outstrip the carrying capacity of their natural support systems. Governments worn down by several decades of rapid population growth often cannot mobilize the resources necessary to cope with emerging threats such as new diseases, food and water shortages, and mass unemployment. Already, in several African nations, hunger, disease, and social disintegration are leading to rising death rates, checking the rapid growth of population. Either nations with surging populations will quickly shift to smaller families or nature will impose its own, less humane limits to growth. As the world enters the new millennium, no challenge is perhaps so urgent as the need to quickly reduce population growth. Pakistan's population is projected to increase from 148 million to 357 million, surpassing that of the United States before 2050. Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Swaziland, where over one-fifth of the adult population is infected with HIV, will likely reach population stability shortly after the year 2000, as AIDS-related deaths offset soaring birth rates.
A Worldwatch Environmental Alert book. Newsmaking press conference on publication National press and television coverage Illustrated

A good, brief, older book is "Beyond Malthus: Nineteen dimensions of the population challenge," by the excellent Lester Brown, with Gary Gardner and Brian Halweil (Norton, 1999).  It's quite an eye-opener.  I've always thought that environmentalists should pay more important to the planet's overpopulation.  We should aim for an eventual long-term stable population of two to four billion.  Cheers - Art 

See OMNI’s Strong Support for Climate Change Lobby’s advocacy of the “Fee/Dividend” approach to ending use of fossil fuels, distributing the dividend directly to the public (contrasted to dividend for sustainable energy). 
Christopher McNamara

FILM, ELYSIUM, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
In 2159, two classes of people exist.  The wealthy live on Elysium, a man-made space station and the rest live on an overpopulated and destroyed earth.   Damon plays a man who strives to bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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