The country can't survive with constant growth. We have demonstrated our lack of will or capacity or both to stem the tide of deterioration of the environment with 200 million people. When we get to 300 million people, it will be a disaster. You can't have constant consumer growth of the kind that we have seen. The fact of the matter is, in a hundred years we will run out of all the major--practically all of the major resources upon which a highly sophisticated technological society now depends. So I think we have to revise our attitudes and our philosophy and modify the works of our institutions in order to preserve the environment that is liveable. . . . You cannot, we cannot continue to intrude upon the works of nature, destroying living creatures all over the world, without us being in the line some place. . . .At the moment this post was published, the population of the United States was 315,721,911.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Happy Earth Day
Forty-three years ago, on April 19, the Sunday before the first Earth Day, Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson, one of the originators of the observance, had this to say on Face the Nation: