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The Earth Day vision of a stabilized American population within a generation had never materialized. That two-decade growth was not only unprecedented in a long history of continuous expansion, but almost double the growth of the next largest two-decade period.
But growth barely abated in the period, with another 46 million added. Furthermore, the Census Bureau projected that growth in the next two-decade period would exceed even the Baby Boom era.
The nation already approached million as the new century dawned. Few journalists were from cities not struggling with the bitter fruits of the urban sprawl blighting lates America: Mounting traffic congestion; endless disruptive road construction; spreading smog; worsening water pollution and tightening water supplies; disappearing wildlife habitats, farmland, and open spaces; overcrowded schools; overused parks and outdoor recreation facilities; the end of small-town life in communities that until recently had been beyond the city; the impending merging together of separate, unwieldy metropolitan areas into vast megalopolitan miasmas; and the overall deterioration in quality of life and the increasing social tensions of urban dwellers reflected in such phenomena as gated communities and "road rage.
The panelists talked about problematic zoning, planning and lifestyle choices, but not about the 25 million new residents added each decade — or the sheer amount of space required for their housing, worksites, schools, roads, recreation facilities, shopping centers, and other infrastructure.
And they agreed that urban life and environmental losses would be immensely different if some 70 million people had not been added to the U. But they indicated that they had not addressed U. In the late s, as inthe problems stemming from U. But the underlying population growth itself and its causes were barely being mentioned.
Al Gore, the "environmental vice president," gave it no emphasis in his national campaign against urban sprawl. Historians may find that the key reason for that fundamental shift in the way the public learned about environmental issues through the news media was the behavior of environmental advocacy groups.
Journalists tend to look to competing interest groups to define the issues they cover. Business groups always have defined one end of the growth issue spectrum as they pushed for ever more population growth. At one time, environmental groups defined the other end by calling for no growth.
By the late s, however, those groups no longer emphasized population growth as something a nation could choose or reject. Most of the scores of American environmental groups either ignored U.
That dramatic change in the strategy of the American environmental movement was reflected in the back of the Chattanooga hotel room where the sprawl panel took place.
The highly-publicized, multi-million-dollar campaign mentioned population growth only in passing, and then only to minimize its role. None of the materials suggested stabilizing U. The Sierra campaign instead focused its advocacy on creating more regulation and management of U.
And it assumed — and tacitly accepted — that the U. According to this view, instead of shunning the compact development and higher housing densities of a country like Japan as foreign to the American Dream and our traditional notions of "elbow room" and freedom, more closely packed dwellings ought to be embraced so that population could continue to grow without spurring more sprawl.
Pile people on top of each other instead of allowing them to spread out. Yet none of these density enthusiasts bothered to ask whether people like the Japanese actually choose to live compactly — or are forced to by circumstances.
Michael Maher of the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
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He conducted a study of news coverage of urban sprawl, endangered species, and water shortages — all issues profoundly affected by population growth.
In a random sample of stories on those issues, he found only about one in 10 even mentioned population growth as one source of the problem. And only one of the stories mentioned that one part of the solution might be to try to stabilize the U.
Without environmental groups themselves calling attention to the population factor, the journalists had few ready quotes or perspectives that would help them add that element to their stories. With the business and political establishments continuing to push for "more growth" and the environmental establishment now pushing for "smart growth," the special interest groups had defined a spectrum for the media that excluded "no growth" and "greatly reduced growth" from the range of available, acceptable options.
In a news release criticizing a Club report associated with its anti-sprawl campaign, the NAHB stated: Rather, the NAHB was strongly implying that population growth is an inexorable, unstoppable force that must be accommodated at all costs. Out of dozens of national organizations in the late s, there remained only one group — the National Audubon Society — which had an aggressive program to spotlight the environmental problems of U.Oct 22, · Wildlife Biologist Leon Kolankiewicz provides an historical perspective on the intersection of immigration, population growth and government regulation on our growing environmental crisis.
Immigration emerged in the s as the leading cause of continuing U.S.
From “voices” by antonio porchia translated from the spanish by gonzalo melchor read the translator's notes some things become such a part of us that we. Ways of reading antonio porchia voices Voces by antonio porchia 6 editions first published in subjects: with affinities to taoist and buddhist epigrams, voices bears witness. Alan Kuper, an Ohioan who led the battle to put the immigration question: “U.S. population growth is one of the great environmental issues of this age,'' he said. “Of course, it's sensible to try and lower population worldwide, but because of our consumption and resource use, we must stabil. This paper presents an environmental perspective, which evaluates the arguments used against viewing immigration as a domestic population issue in the US. A common assertion is that the demographic effects of immigration are small, implying that any environmental consequence of immigration will be minimal.
population growth. Immigration was an issue that none of the environmental groups had ever handled. Almost overnight, the U.S. population growth challenge had changed from being driven by .
From “voices” by antonio porchia translated from the spanish by gonzalo melchor read the translator's notes some things become such a part of us that we.
Ways of reading antonio porchia voices Voces by antonio porchia 6 editions first published in subjects: with affinities to taoist and buddhist epigrams, voices bears witness.
Alan Kuper, an Ohioan who led the battle to put the immigration question: “U.S. population growth is one of the great environmental issues of this age,'' he said. “Of course, it's sensible to try and lower population worldwide, but because of our consumption and resource use, we must stabil.
In this dominant view, population stabilization means economic stagnation. population growth in the United States almost doubles the required per capita reduction of carbon The President Should Create a New Position on the Council of Environmental Quality Dedicated to Immigration; Environmental Groups' Opposition to the Border Wall is.
Culturally competent practice with immigrant Latino children and families requires a thorough understanding of the impact welfare system.
The growth of the Latino immigrant population in the United States requires that child welfare agencies examine and (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ).