Political Correctness vs. Conservation
This sensibility may make the free-speech police happy but
it is not good for the planet. The skyrocketing number of
humans has profound consequences for every aspect of our
lives and the future being mindlessly created. Our
population profligacy is causing environmental changes that
lessen the quality of life for everyone now and extending
into the future. The results are more extreme in the U.S.
because our high level of consumption multiplies each
person's effect. The future as we are enacting it will
surely be a time of water rationing, increased food costs
and overcrowding. Our treasured American freedoms will be
curtailed because of government intervention required to
keep order among so many.
Regrettably, many environmentalists fear saying
"population." For example, the Sierra Club instituted a
major anti-sprawl campaign in 1998 with a report, "The Dark
Side of the American Dream," which did not even mention U.S.
population growth as a root cause. Rather than honestly
facing unending population growth, the Sierra Club has
embraced so-called "smart growth." Little more than an
updated approach to urban planning, smart growth encourages
people to live in high-density cities interwoven
with green belts in which little or no development is
permitted. This policy ignores that most Americans do not want to live in Manhattan-level densities and continue to prove it with their suburban buying decisions. Smart growth offers small palliatives, but cannot solve the fundamental problems caused by the endless population growth that America faces.
The bottom line is that "smart growth" is a symptomatic
approach and can only slow - not stop - the slide toward a
society too crowded to function.
U.S. population must be stabilized soon if
we hope to save America's environment.