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Earth Day A Recap Of 1970


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I hope all are aware that today marks 45 years since we were all called to arms to save the Earth from ourselves, let`s take some time today to grasp the significance of how far we have come in 45 years.


First, I must thank those who made the statements and those who put together the statements that I have cut and pasted. Cheers all around. Now, let`s re-cap on the  main points of 22 April 1970….



“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
• Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
• Life Magazine, January 1970

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist…..


So, once again I must ask the question : ‘What happened to Kenneth Watt, Ecologist, did he go on to bigger and better forecasting with a weather bureau service or did he do a Uni-bomber and  go all hermit-like and live quietly in them there hills’


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For a while I was hoping with all that hot air the polar bears would quickly acclimatise and I would see polar bears body surfing on Gold Coast beaches some time soon, now I worry that the trawl net extruders are not big enough to let the migrating polar bears pass through safely :no:

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