By Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson is understood and revered through the global as a founder of the fashionable environmental stream and author of 1 of the main winning and influential public understanding campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of world stewardship: Earth Day. Now in his eighties, Nelson promises a well timed and pressing message with an identical eloquence with which he has articulated the nation’s environmental ills in the course of the many years. He information the planet’s most important concerns—from species and habitat losses to worldwide weather alterations and inhabitants development. In outlining his procedure for planetary health and wellbeing, he evokes voters to reassert the surroundings as a best priority. A publication for a person who cares deeply approximately the environment and desires to grasp what we will and needs to do now to put it aside, past Earth Day is a vintage advisor by way of one of many usual world’s nice defenders
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The following article, published by E Magazine on Earth Day 1993, had this to say about Earth Day’s legacy: Brace yourself. Earth Day’s back and, some would say better than ever. Once again, people will plant thousands of trees . . thousands will gather for poetry readings, speeches, protests, concerts, recycling contests, more speeches. And the criticism will flow. Local TV and print media will again dismiss Earth Day as “vaguely reminiscent of the 60s,” pointedly noting that events again failed to attract the numbers of 1990.
8 The United States is the only major industrialized country in the world today where large-scale population growth is occurring. We grow by about 1 percent per year, adding 3 million people annually— the equivalent of another Connecticut each year, or a California each decade. 9 It should be noted that although an annual population growth rate of 1 percent sounds small, it is, indeed, very large. The percentage growth rate divided into 70 will provide the population doubling time—known as the Rule of 70.
It means we’ll need to at least double the total infrastructure of the United States, and do it all in the next seventy to seventy-five years. We will need to double almost everything, including the number of airports, highways, grade schools, high schools, colleges, apartment houses, homes, hospitals, prisons, and more. It will mean more sprawl, longer commutes, more megacities of 10 million people or more. It will mean at least double the pressure on every resource we have. Will the population pressure of a billion people force us to consider the much-criticized Chinese policy of one child?