Ask Alexandra – September 2011
Have you ever considered running for Congress or other political office? I just listened to the podcast of your interview by Barry Lynn and you are absolutely brilliant. Please, keep speaking out! And check out Thom Hartmann’s most recent book, “Rebooting the American Dream” next time you hit a bookstore/library.
I am glad you enjoyed my interview with Barry Lynn. In the last 2 months, I have done 15 radio interviews on the overpopulaton issue for Public Media Center http://www.publicmedia.org. I also wrote an article about stabilizing human numbers (and lowering them to 2 billion) for the current issue of Coco Eco magazine http://cocoecomag.org. In October, the human population on the planet reaches 7 billion!
This is a very, very serious issue and I want to devote more time to stabilizing the population, as many environmentalists ignore it – most organizations are too wary of alienating donors and members to deal with it. I plan on concentrating more defending the rights of animals too.
No, have never wanted to be a politician, although I have always admired them. I am not one of those who complains about their greed and corruption – I believe most of them are hard workers trying to do what is best for their constituents and making tough decisions.
I have ordered “Rebooting the American Dream” from my local library, on your recommendation. Thank you – I am always looking for inspiring books to read which will teach me new things.
I am a big fan of you, and your character on Baywatch.I have a question i know that you have twitter but you have facebook? hope you can to add and chat with you, you are a really inspiring person y really admire you.
I do twitter occasionally (once every few weeks, about a work thing), and I do have a fan facebook page, but I dont post often. I did try to have a personal page once, and after 2 days there were so many requests for friends it freaked me out! I simply do not want to spend additional time in front of the computer, as I already get over 100 emails a day. If I also had facebook to check… oy.
I know that these are the ways we are all connecting now, and that at some point I might feel a need to get a personal page again to remain on the radar. I have a couple friends who don’t even have email, and I find I communicate with them less because of that. I am sure that by not having facebook, there are folks who find it harder to reach me, to stay in touch, and that there are relationships I am missing out on developing. But it is a tradeoff too – I have fewer acquaintances I spend time on, which gives me more time with the people I already know and love.
So… sorry I wont be able to chat with you, at least for now, but feel free follow me on twitter and on facebook.
In your view, what is the greatest social concern right now in our country? and what is the solution?
Our greatest concern needs to be world overpopulation. As I mentioned in the response to September’s first letter, the world population is hitting 7 billion next month. In the United States, the population is expected to grow by 100 million in the next 38 years. We are adding 1/3 more people to our country! More people who all need space, food, water, jobs, roads and bridges to drive on. Will we be able to provide the necessities (like food, water, education) and the infrastructure (roads, bridges, schools, homes) for all these people? The United States is the fastest growing first world country, and it aint good. States already have water shortages. When there is a storm like Irene, we are unable to recover quickly because people are so crowded in so many areas and one problem tips us over into chaos.
But I prefer to look at this issue on a worldwide level. If the world population grows to over 9 billion by 2050 (the UN’s medium prediction), there will be all the shortages of food, water and land (not to mention oil and other resources) but probably more acutely felt, since so many countries are poorer than we are. This means more fighting worldwide over resources, more desire to come to the US (which puts population pressure on our country), more suffering everywhere.
The solution is for everyone to have one child families. Even if everyone had 1 child families starting right this minute, the world population would still be almost 6 billion in 40 years. It would take 100 years for it to go down to a more manageable number of people, 2 billion on the planet. Smaller families must be encouraged, not coerced. Culturally, we must stop looking at only children as lonely children, stop giving tax incentives (as the US government does) for every child a couple has, and begin by seeing the positive sides of smaller families and of being child free (like I am). We must make contraceptives available and affordable (health care plans were just this year mandated to cover birth control, although Viagra has been covered for years).
I know that some folks will not want 1 child families, but if it became more the norm instead of 2-3 children per couple being average, that would make a big difference. Worldwide, the average family size is 2.5 kids per couple, but our population is still growing by 225,000 A DAY. The growth rate is just 1.3%, which doesnt sound like much, but when it is 1.3% of SEVEN BILLION, then that means an added 80 million people every year.
It is especially important for Americans to have 1 child families, because we are so wasteful of resources and have such a high standard of living that every child we have uses so much more energy, food, water, land than any kid from a poor country. Even if that child is educated and wonderful, the pressure a person from the developed world, and especially North America, is huge compared to a child from poor Africa or Asia.
If we can get a handle on overpopulation, we might be able to stop global warming, save the rainforests, feed the world, mitigate traffic issues, lessen habitat destruction. If we dont, NONE of those issues will be solved. Period. Without managing human numbers, we can manage no other crisis.